Ireland’s Third National Food Systems Dialogue: 4 May 2021 | 14:30 -16:30 (IST)
This Dialogue was chaired by Dr. Paula Barry Walsh MVB MRCVS, Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer of Ireland, and opened with a keynote address by Dr Colin Sage, Independent Scholar of Food Systems and Sustainability, followed by two panel discussions:
Panel A: Food Systems Transformation: A Discussion on Future Needs
Young people will have a critical role in shaping sustainable production and consumption, and forging new connections between rural and urban society. The panel discussed the options and opportunities.
Thomas Duffy - President of Macra na Feirme
Professor Anna Davies - Trinity College Dublin(TCD) and SHARECITY
Sophie Healy-Thow - Youth activist promoting food security and gender equality
Carmel Fox - Director Social Enterprise, Chair of Self Help Africa
Panel B: Food Systems Transformation: The role of Research and Innovation
Innovation, technology and the bioeconomy present new possibilities for the Irish agri-food sector over the coming decade. The panel discussed how research, entrepreneurship and public-private partnerships can help deliver on these possibilities.
Dr Maeve Henchion - Teagasc, Rural Economy and Development Programme
Dr Nora Khaldi - CEO of Nuritas
Alvan Hunt - CEO of Hexafly
Professor Kevin O’Connor - UCD and Director of BiOrbic