Prof. Tom Arnold

Talk title
Food Vision 2030: its development, conclusions and implementation in a fast-changing world

The presentation will trace the process through which the stakeholder-led strategy was developed, following on from the four earlier such processes dating back to 2000.  Food Vision 2030 has continuities with the earlier strategies but in adopting a ‘food systems’ approach to its development, introduced a number of important innovations. Food Vision’s central objective is that Ireland should become an international leader in Sustainable Food Systems over the coming decade.  With the Irish Government’s approval of the Strategy in August 2021, its implementation must take account of international and domestic events subsequent to its approval.  In February 2022, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has had major consequences for the global food economy.  In July 2022, the Government set challenging targets for emissions reduction by the agricultural sector as part of the national Climate Action Plan. The presentation will also link Food Vision’s central objective on leadership in Sustainable Food Systems to developments in the global food economy and to the follow-up to the 2021 Food Systems Summit.

Tom Arnold is the Irish Government’s Special Envoy for Food Systems and was Chair of the Agri-Food Strategy Committee which produced Food Vision 2030. He chaired the EU Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Food Systems Science (IPFSS) and the Task Force for Rural Africa (TFRA). He served as Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement; Chair of the OECD Committee of Agriculture; CEO of Concern Worldwide; Chief Economist and Assistant Secretary General with the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; and with the EU Commission in Brussels and in Africa. His primary degree is in agricultural economics from University College Dublin (UCD) and he has Master’s degrees from the Catholic University of Leuven and Trinity College, Dublin.