Great Agri-Food Debate 2020 to take place in Belfast for first time

Dawn Meats CEO Niall Browne at last year’s Great Irish Food debate

Six colleges from around Ireland are gearing up for the 2020 Great Irish Food Debate in Queen's University Belfast, at which the present and future of Ireland's agri-food industry will be debated.



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18 February 2020 | 0

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Students of food and agriculture at six third level colleges from across the island of Ireland will gather in Queen’s University Belfast on 27 February for the fifth Annual Great Agri-Food Debate. A joint initiative between Dawn Meats & McDonald’s, this is the first year the competition will be held in Northern Ireland, reflecting the importance of all-island dialogue in addressing some of biggest issues affecting farming today.

Students from Queen’s will be joined by five other third level colleges in a competitive programme of debate. University of Limerick, University College Dublin, College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Dundalk Institute of Technology and (last year’s winners) Waterford Institute of Technology will compete across six motions, including the final ‘Global free trade, not subsidies, will deliver a sustainable future for European agriculture’.

Looking to the future of agriculture, and the challenges and opportunities that it presents, is a central theme of this year’s event and students will also debate motions including precision agriculture, the gender inequality issue within farming, climate solutions, waste management and more.

Commenting, Niall Browne, CEO Dawn Meats said he is delighted that the event will take place in Belfast. “Queen’s University’s Institute for Global Food Security is world renowned,” he said, “providing the perfect backdrop for some of the brightest young minds to debate issues of central importance to our industry north and south.”

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