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Written - The Farming, Food and Countryside Strategy and Publication of the Annual Progress Report 2010
On 14 May 2009, I launched the ‘Farming, Food and Countryside – Building a Secure Future’ strategy (FFC) at Penantigi Isaf, Dinas Mawddwy. I made a commitment to report annually to the Assembly on the progress of the new strategy which provides the strategic policy framework for the Department for Rural Affairs.
I have received a draft progress report on its’ first full year, which I will review prior to it being published in full on the Welsh Assembly Government’s website.
The Strategy outlines the Welsh Assembly Government’s policy direction to secure a sustainable future for the farming, food and land based production industries, whilst maintaining the well being of rural communities and the environment through to 2020. It supersedes the previous farming strategy, ‘Farming for the Future’, and was developed following the recommendations of the independent 2020 group report, Sustainable Farming and Environment: Action Towards 2020.
It sets out a clear vision for Welsh agriculture which is at the heart of supporting the well being of rural communities and its landscape with a profitable rural economy, which can meet future challenges and take advantage of the opportunities presented in an increasingly volatile and globalised economy.
The objectives of the Strategy are
- To achieve a sustainable and profitable future for farming families and rural businesses.
- To fully engage with rural communities in developing the wider rural agenda for Wales.
- To promote the highest standards of Animal Health and Welfare.
- To develop rural and urban inter-connections.
- To safeguard the environment and mitigate climate change.
- To contribute to the economic prosperity and well being of rural communities.
As the over-arching strategy for the Rural Affairs Department, its’ successful implementation is also dependent upon contributions across the Welsh Assembly Government directorates.
Since the launch on 14 May, 2009, an External Policy Development Steering Group has been established with the following remit:
- To agree an overall delivery structure for the FFC;
- To establish a monitoring framework for the FFC strategy;
- To identify emerging policy drivers, such as CAP, the new RDP and climate change, which will inform and refresh the strategy and contribute to the future development of the linked Action Plan.
Implementation will be led by a Leadership Board whose main function will be to scrutinise implementation reports, which will be submitted to the Board bi-annually. It is proposed that the Board membership will be taken from the original external stakeholders group that were part of the task and finish group that developed the Strategy, with other external stakeholders invited to join as appropriate.
The second tier of the delivery structure is an Internal Policy Development Steering Group to manage the current work of the Strategy and ensure that future policy development is integrated in its approach to utilise financial and human resources efficiently across the Rural Affairs Directorate.
The foundation tier, which will be supporting delivery of the Strategy, is made up of five thematic groups. These groups are working on the specific themes identified as thematic chapters of the Strategy. The remit of the groups is to ascertain the progress of the current work identified under the five themes and make recommendations to the Internal Policy Development Group on its relevance and status. Their second task is to consider future strategic actions as the strategy moves forward to meet the wider rural agenda.
This delivery model can be considered generic and the framework is a transferable vehicle to enable inclusive and effective policy management and implementation.
The Farming, Food and Countryside Strategy is a living document that seeks to set the direction of travel for policy management and implementation across the Rural Affairs portfolio through to 2020.