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Ciaran Fitzgerald: Irish agri sector needs to ‘up’ its communications game

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Irish agri sector needs to ‘up’ its communications game

The greatest challenge for the Irish agri sector is the representation and communication of its unique economic and social impact in the...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Why does inflation not apply to food?

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Why does inflation not apply to food?

Inflation is every where, but not in food or agriculture because the sector does not have selling power. There is...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Anti-agri ‘woke-ism’ not connected to climate change

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Anti-agri ‘woke-ism’ not connected to climate change

I mentioned in previous articles that there is an emerging realisation post COP26, across global media at least, of both...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: ‘Holier than thou’ attitude on climate does nothing

Ciaran Fitzgerald: ‘Holier than thou’ attitude on climate does nothing

COP26 showed that climate action is a complex global challenge. However, while there is much greater awareness among citizens, the commitment...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: COP26 exposes narrow Irish anti-agri agenda

Ciaran Fitzgerald: COP26 exposes narrow Irish anti-agri agenda

The huge challenge of decarbonising the global economy has been well articulated and defined by the Glasgow COP26 process. COP26 has...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Is Ireland’s livestock-based agriculture under threat?

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Is Ireland’s livestock-based agriculture under threat?

Is Ireland’s livestock-based agriculture still under threat for its very existence, or do the proposed sectoral carbon budgets represent the...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: The ‘whole truth’ about the agri sector

Ciaran Fitzgerald: The ‘whole truth’ about the agri sector

‘It ain’t what folks don’t know that is the problem, it’s what they do know that just ain’t so’. This...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Ireland’s second agri ‘iceberg’ looms

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Ireland’s second agri ‘iceberg’ looms

Since 2016 with the UK Brexit vote, Irish agriculture and the Irish economy, have faced a huge challenge of ‘economic...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Food pricing – publishing wholesale prices won’t work

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Food pricing – publishing wholesale prices won’t work

Many of the more enlightened analyses of where agriculture and climate action challenges interweave, highlight the need for proper coordination...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Policy for agriculture is ‘better agreed than imposed’

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Policy for agriculture is ‘better agreed than imposed’

Irish agriculture and its food industry has been under constant attack over the last 30 months or so; much of...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Grassland should be recognised for carbon storage

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Grassland should be recognised for carbon storage

In most countries across the world, the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) report was seen as the ultimate ‘wake...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Agriculture can adapt to climate change – can politics?

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Agriculture can adapt to climate change – can politics?

Irish agriculture can cope with the evolving reality of sustainability and environmental challenges by investing in better practice and complying...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Food pricing issue remains a core challenge

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Food pricing issue remains a core challenge

As I have said previously, the EU Green Deal, while clearly admirable in concept, contains a continuing disconnect in EU...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Global food demand will continue to increase

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Global food demand will continue to increase

This month saw the publication of a couple of reports that go to the heart of the requirement for balance,...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Ireland needs agri-food exports for economic survival

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Ireland needs agri-food exports for economic survival

Ireland’s stellar export performance in terms of agri-food exports, is a key true strength of the agri-food economy. Ireland exports...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: ‘Misleading’ EU auditors’ report on CAP climate spend

Ciaran Fitzgerald: ‘Misleading’ EU auditors’ report on CAP climate spend

There is a well-known management consultancy maxim that suggests that a policy based only on using a hammer, sees every...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Government should support farmers to plan long-term

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Government should support farmers to plan long-term

Stability and policy coherence supports long-term investment while confusion and contradiction only undermines it and this applies to business and...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Agriculture needs to better promote its strong economic story

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Agriculture needs to better promote its strong economic story

Ireland’s notorious gross domestic product (GDP) figures, which memorably saw a 25% increase in just three months in 2015, are...