Ireland

Irish Agriculture and Food Authority, Teagasc
Established 1988

Teagasc (the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority) is a state body established under the Irish Agriculture (Research, Training and Advice) Act of 1988. It employs approximately 1,100 staff at 55 locations throughout Ireland. Teagasc operates in partnership with the Irish land-based sector, the food industry, state agencies, rural development bodies and higher education institutions. It has developed alliances with research, advisory and training agencies throughout the world.

Teagasc’s mission is to support science-based innovation in the agri-food sector and wider bio-economy so as to underpin profitability, competitiveness and sustainability. Teagasc incorporates research, knowledge dissemination and education and training functions. The organisation is overseen by the government appointed Teagasc Authority who in return report to the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM).

Teagasc is the primary provider of land-based accredited further (vocational) education and training at education levels 5 and 6 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) corresponding to levels 4 and 5 on the European Qualification Framework (EQF).