- EIP-AGRI Projects
- Focus groups
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The Irish National Rural Network have designed and produced a booklet entitled ‘EIP-AGRI: Ireland’s Operational Groups 2019’ to highlight and promote the 23 Irish EIP-AGRI Operational Groups funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) under Ireland’s Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020. This booklet, aimed at inspiring people in the farming community and rural areas to maximize the success of the objectives set out in the Irish RDP 2014-2020, details the main aims, objectives, activates and background of each of Ireland’s EIP-AGRI projects. It also features an informative infographic illustrating the geographical location of the Lead Partner for each of the Irish EIP-AGRI Operational Groups throughout the country.
This publication was launched by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D., in Agriculture House, Dublin, in April 2019. Dr. Maura Farrell, Lecturer in Geography at NUI Galway and Lead Researcher with the National Rural Network also spoke at this launch along with Inge Van Oost from the European Commission, DG Agriculture and Rural Development. An Irish language version of this booklet has also recently been produced by Ireland’s National Rural Network.
You can download the EIP-AGRI: Ireland’s Operational Groups 2019 booklet here: https://www.nationalruralnetwork.ie/eip-agri-news/eip-agri-irelands-operational-groups-2019-booklet-launch/
Implementing a multi-actor approach to identify innovative solutions to particular challenges facing the Irish agri-food sector and rural economy, the 23 Irish EIP-AGRI Operational Groups align well with Ireland’s RDP 2014-2020 and national priorities. They bring together actors such as farmers, researchers, advisors and agri-businesses to address challenges such as biodiversity, profitability and sustainability by harnessing the creativity, innovativeness and resourcefulness which is the hallmark of Ireland’s rural sector. The majority of the projects are bottom-up, led by farmers who are passionate about the future of farming and the environment in their own communities. A budget of €59m is set aside for these projects.
The National Rural Network have also created case study posters and a ‘One-Stop-Shop’ interactive database of all Irish EIP-AGRI projects to further disseminate and promote the Irish EIP-AGRI Operational Groups nationally and internationally. This information, graphically displayed on a Storyboard platform on the EIP-AGRI section of the National Rural Network website, consists of a geographical map of Ireland combined with user-friendly interactivity and an infographic created for each project. This useful tool also includes links to the websites and social media accounts of the EIP-AGRI projects.
Ireland’s EIP-AGRI Operational Group booklet and the interactive Storyboard database of Irish EIP-AGRI projects have been designed and produced by Dr. Shane Conway and Dr. Maura Farrell who are based in the Discipline of Geography's Rural Studies Research Unit at NUI Galway on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the National Rural Network.