Teagasc is the Irish national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food sectors. The organisation emphasises the need to consider the constraints to Irish agriculture within the context of global food security and climate change challenges. Teagasc is committed to utilising its capacity in agriculture and food research, knowledge transfer and education for the benefit of agricultural development in poorer countries. This builds on longstanding experience with technical assistance projects in developing countries. Engaging with IFIAD will ensure that Teagasc aligns with other players in strengthening Ireland’s contribution to agricultural development in developing countries.
The National University of Ireland Galway is widely engaged in multi-disciplinary activities relating to agricultural research for development. With an €50 million annual research income, NUI Galway has 2400 academic/research staff, 17000 undergraduate students, and 1200 postgraduate students. Working closely with international and developing country partners, teams within the NUI Galway Plant & AgriBiosciences Research Centre (PABC) are extensively engaged in agricultural research for development, and in capacity building (e.g. MSc in Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security). The IFIAD will enable NUI Galway to forge more effective evidence-based “agriculture for development” impact pathways with national and international partners.