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Launch of new Docufilm at the ESEE21 conference hosted by Teagasc: Chorca Dhuibhne 2030: building sustainability on the ground

The Dingle peninsula, in the Southwest of Ireland, has become an important focus for innovative projects involving diverse AKIS (Agriculture Knowledge Innovation System) actors. At the 25th meeting of the European Seminar on Extension and Education (ESEE) Conference (2021), a new docufilm is being launched showcasing Corca Dhuibhne’s ambitious vision for 2030, and a profile of rural innovation projects that are achieving that vision on the ground.

These projects illustrate how inclusive innovation approaches, anchored in integrated research, education and extension, can make impactful contributions to rural sustainability.

Teagasc, the Irish Agriculture and Food Authority, is the Irish partner in three major projects working with local people in West Kerry to test and launch new innovations that provide sustainability solutions to farmers nationwide and across the EU.

Dr Áine Macken-Walsh, the lead Teagasc researcher on the projects, began working in West Kerry with the SKIN H2020 project and, in cooperation with the Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub, the IFA and other local partners, extended the work through the Ploutos H2020 project and BiOrbic, Ireland’s SFI centre. The imagination, commitment and huge appetite for innovation and sustainability on the ground in West Kerry makes it an ideal living laboratory for developing new solutions. Benefits will be transferable to farmers and other rural development actors EU-wide’, the Teagasc researcher said.

Watch the Docufilm below

The docufilm, produced by filmmaker John Kennedy, and commissioned by the Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub and Teagasc, will be followed by a panel discussion at the ESEE Conference. Panellists will consider the key themes of the ESEE21 Conference, identifying learnings from the docufilm for rural actors seeking to support the innovations profiled elsewhere. 

The docufilm will take place on Wednesday, 23 June from 11.30-12.30. If you would like to join the conference/panel discussion, email ESEE2021@teagasc.ie for a free ticket.

For more information contact:

Dr Áine Macken-Walsh, Department of Agri-Food Business and Spatial Analysis, Rural Economy  Development Programme (REDP), Teagasc. Aine.mackenwalsh@teagasc.ie

Or Deirdre de Bhailís, Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub, Deirdre@dinglehub.ie