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Rural Development

Rural dwellers establish new enterprises to improve their income, provide employment for family and utilise available resources. Teagasc provide training and advisory services to promote and sustain a range of enterprise development in rural areas. Specialist advisers provide start-up training for those establishing new enterprises and training and advice for those who are up and running.

Department Announces Request for Tender for a Social farming Network under the Rural Innovation and Development Fund (RIDF)

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine announces a competitive public procurement procedure under the 2020 Rural Innovation and Development Fund for a Social Farming Network.

Social farming is the practice of offering, on a voluntary basis, farming and horticultural participation in a farming environment as a choice to people who avail of a range of therapeutic day support services.  These operations are run in a number of settings ranging from working family farms, local community initiatives through to more institutional frameworks.

Total funding of €400,000 for 2020 is being made available for the provision of supports for a National Social Farming Network.  This RFT relates to the engagement of services for the development and implementation of a tailored work programme in support of social farming at national level.

Request for Tender for a Social farming Network under the Rural Innovation and Development Fund


Expand Your Horizons

Services and support offered by rural agencies in Ireland.
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Rural Tourism Booklet

Teagasc Rural Tourism Booklet coverThe Teagasc Rural Tourism booklet is designed to quickly provide answers for readers seeking information on any aspect of rural tourism development opportunities.

Teagasc Rural Tourism Booklet  (PDF, 5.6MB)