Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)

Who are they?

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) is a ministry of the Government of Ireland who’s mission is to lead the development of a competitive, sustainable and consumer-focused agri-food sector and a vibrant rural economy and society.

Through it’s Research & Codex Division, DAFM leads in the development of Research & Innovation Policy in Ireland relating to Agri-Food, Agri-Environment & Climate, Forestry, Food Systems and the Bioeconomy. In addition, it operates a ‘public good’ competitive research funding programme (for agriculture, food and forestry) including the appropriate policy, scientific, technical and financial management. DAFM also supports the emergence of new bioeconomy value chains in the Irish agri-food sector; facilitates Irish participation in relevant parts of the EU framework research and innovation funding programme including transnational co-fund activities (ERA-NETs, JPIs); coordinates policy development of the CAP Agriculture Knowledge & Innovation System and Agri-Digitalisation; and co-ordinates overall Irish involvement in the work of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. DAFM holds the National Delegate and NCP for H2020/Horizon Europe, NCP for BBI-JU, representation for SCAR and is an active member of the SCAR Food Systems Working Group. DAFM is also a member of Global Research Alliance (GRA) and the OECD’s Cooperative Research Programme.


How are they involved in SUSFOOD?

DAFM is a partner since 2017 and funder of four Irish Research Performing Organisations who are currently participating in four of the SUSFOOD2 projects awarded following the 2017 Call: BIOCARB-4-FOOD, ImPrOVE, MEFPROC, and PLATEFORMS.


Who is involved: Noeleen McDonald