Wednesday, 19 May 2021
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
189. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to reflect the growing female participation in agriculture from 4% to 9% within the composition of boards working in the sector including the co-operative movement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27055/21]
The Programme for Government includes commitments to develop and implement a new National Strategy for Women and Girls and to act on the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality. My Department will represent the agri-food sector in policy development on these commitments.
The recently published draft Agri-Food Strategy to 2030 recognises the importance of gender balance to the long-term sustainable future for primary producers and includes actions to promote and improve gender balance at all levels, including at senior management and board level. The draft Strategy and its environmental assessment is open for public consultation until 15th June and is available at the following link: gov.ie - Public Consultation on the Environmental Assessment of the Draft Agri-Food Strategy to 2030. (www.gov.ie).