Ronan Byrne is the founder and owner of The Friendly Farmer (http://thefriendlyfarmer.blogspot.ie/ ), a farm and food business that sells all their produce direct to the consumer through short food channels. He is also an entrepreneurial specialist at GMIT and the UCD Innovation Academy.
Ronan holds a degree in Marketing/Agribusiness (GMIT, 1996-2000) as well as a Master’s Degree in EU Integration (University of Limerick, 2002). As part of his work with Macra na Feirme and CEJA, Ronan represented young farmers’ views at the European Commission where he formed part of a working group drafting submissions to the new Common Agricultural Policy discussions. He is also a member of DG AGRI-Civil Dialogue Group on Organic Farming. Among his publications is a report on Short Food Supply Chains for the European Commission (2013). In 2014 he won the ‘Rising Star’ award at the 2014 Farmer of The Year Awards.
Role in relation to CEF project:
Ronan will also provide an industry perspective during the development phases of the projects outputs. He will participate in the project activities speaking at organised events, mentoring and lecturing during the pilot delivery of the curriculum and engaging with industry and stakeholders.