Research Papers 2011

Synopsis: Here you will find a list of Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development research papers published during 2011.

Reforming the CAP – European Parliament Office Conference, Cavan, 25th November 2011

- Date: 28/11/2011

The European Parliament offices in Ireland and the UK held the first of a planned two conferences focussing on the issue of CAP reform on the 25th November 2011, at the Farnham Estate Hotel in Cavan.

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Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) - role, function and responsibilities

- Date: 23/11/2011

AFBI was created on 1st April 2006 as an amalgamation of the DARD Science Service and the Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland (ARINI). AFBI is a DARD Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) established under the Agriculture (Northern Ireland) Order, 2004.2 AFBI carries out high technology research and development, statutory, analytical, and diagnostic testing functions for DARD and other Government departments, public bodies and commercial companies. AFBI is managed by an independent Board which is also responsible for monitoring its performance.

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European Commission Disallowance relating to the CAP and Single Farm Payment system

- Date: 23/11/2011

This briefing paper includes data provided by the European Commission on the total levels of CAP disallowance between 2005-2011. It details Northern Ireland's total disallowance up to and including 2009 and compares this with the UK's total disallowance.

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European Commission Disallowance relating to the CAP and Single Farm Payment system

- Date: 21/11/2011

As the EU’s external auditor, the European Court of Auditors has a responsibility to check “...that EU funds are correctly accounted for and spent in compliance with the rules and legislation, with due consideration for achieving best value for money, irrespective of where the funds are spent.”

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Number of Beef cattle within Northern Ireland

- Date: 17/11/2011

According to data derived from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s agricultural census, there were a total of 1,604,356 cattle within Northern Ireland in June 2010.

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The role of the EU in shaping issues and challenges in Fishing and Agriculture

- Date: 17/11/2011

This paper sets out some of the background to and issues affecting the sea fishing industries within Northern Ireland and Ireland both at present and in the near future. As such, this paper does not seek to present solutions to the issues but rather attempts to quantify and pin down some of the key challenges that fishing communities and those who live and work within them face. In the context of addressing topics of mutual concern this paper focuses mainly on the Irish Sea fishery and on the fishing of cod and Nephrops (prawns) in particular.

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Distribution of Food Products to the Most Deprived Persons in the Union

- Date: 16/11/2011

This research paper provides background to and information on a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 and Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 as regards distribution of food products to the most deprived persons in the Union in order to support consideration of its compliance with the principle of subsidiarity.

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Rivers Agency – role, function and responsibilities

- Date: 26/10/2011

The Rivers Agency currently operates as an agency within the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), having been established on 1st October 1996 under the auspices of the then Department of Agriculture Northern Ireland (DANI). This paper provides information about the structure and management, resources, key responsibilities and key priorities of the Rivers Agency.

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Rural Crime incidence – Northern Ireland and other jurisdictions

- Date: 26/10/2011

This briefing note quantifies the scale of rural crime within Northern Ireland and other neighbouring jurisdictions

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Food Security – background, issues and challenges

- Date: 26/10/2011

This paper seeks to provide an overview of some of the main issues and challenges pertaining to the issue of food security at present and in the future. The paper is not meant to be definitive, but is rather an attempt to raise awareness and stimulate debate around what is an increasingly significant and complex issue.

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