Over the next decade, the performance of the Government, Minister for Agriculture, Bord Bia and Teagasc should be measured on whether Irish farmers become world leaders in farm profitability. While perhaps not immediately obvious, this is essentially the core outcome from the draft agri-food strategy 2030, released at the weekend.

The opening line of the strategy states that Ireland will become a world leader in sustainable food systems (SFS) over the next decade. Within the report, we learn that, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), an SFS has profitability throughout the supply chain at its core.