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Farm to fork - CAPtured, for over 50 years

Agri Aware is currently delivering an innovative CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) communication campaign entitled ‘Farm to fork - CAPtured, for over 50 years’. The aim of the campaign is to communicate the many benefits of the CAP and the challenges ahead to the general public and farmers, across Ireland-North and South.

A key element of the campaign is Agri Aware’s ‘Meet the Farmer in the City’ at Family Farm, developed by Agri Aware and Dublin Zoo, which has over 1 million annual visitors. Agri Aware’s has selected a number of farmers who are the resident farmers in Family Farm, during weekends this Summer. These farmers represent a number of different sectors within the farming community. The will engage visitors to Family Farm about farming, the importance of the agri-food industry and the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) in Ireland during tours of Family Farm. For more information on our 'Meet the Farmer in the City' events please click here. Agri Aware's resident young farmers are also on hand each day during the summer months with a range of fun farm themed activities in Family Farm, Dublin Zoo. To read about a day in the life of Family Farm click here.

The campaign has a number of elements, including:

CAP-Good for Farmers, Food and You!

What does CAP mean?

CAP is the Common Agricultural Policy

What is CAP (Common Agricultural Policy)?

The CAP ( Common Agricultural Policy )is a common EU policy that helps to support European farmers by providing a series of grants and subsidies to allow guaranteed access to safe, quality, traceable and sustainably produced food for 500 million European consumers.The CAP was reformed in 2013.

Why is Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) important?
Quality, safe, traceable food at an affordable price for consumers

The cost of food for the average Irish household has halved since the introduction of CAP. The average consumer spends just 15% of household income on food today, compared to 30% in the 1960’s, when CAP was introduced.

Keeping Ireland’s countryside beautiful, green and clean

CAP helps farmers to maintain Ireland’s beautiful green landscape, which is enjoyed by everyone. The highest environmental standards must be met by farmers if they are to receive full CAP funding.
From 2015 onwards, the CAP also introduces a new Green Direct Payment (Greening), which accounts for 30% of the national direct payment envelope and comes from Pillar 1. It rewards farmers for:

maintaining Ireland's permanent grassland;
establishing Ecological Focus Areas (EFA);
increasing the number of different crops grown under crop diversification.

Ensuring that local communities across Ireland survive and thrive

CAP supports economic activity and employment in every village and town across Ireland, contributing to viable rural communities.
1 in 7 Irish jobs are agri-food related. Farming, the food sector and related service industries deliver an estimated 300,000 jobs in Ireland, with exports contributing almost €10 billion to the Irish economy annually.

Giving farming and family farms a secure future

CAP provides support for the continuation of the family farm structure, maintaining farming and economic activity across Ireland. It ensures that future generations will continue to farm the land in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way.

For more information on CAP from the European Commission please Click Here

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication this advertisement reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.