In response to the Global Alliance announcement on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) at the 2014 Climate Summit, the RDS and the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) have come together to establish a Leadership Forum on CSA.
The goal of the RDS Foundation Agriculture and Rural Affairs programme is to promote best practice and efficiency in farming to ensure farm household profitability and sustainability in Ireland.
The Irish Forestry Awards recognise and reward farmers and woodland owners who are employing the principles of Climate-Smart Agriculture on their properties including: sound commercial management, environmental protection and bio diversity.
The RDS and Teagasc collaborate on the Walsh Research Fellowship to encourage high calibre graduates to stay in Ireland and pursue their research interests. The Walsh Research Fellows undertake a broad spectrum of research including food processing, animal and crop production, soils and environment, agri-food economics and rural development.
The RDS and Teagasc share a common goal of applying science and innovation to the development of the agri-food sector and seeking to promote the development of rural Ireland. Since 1996, the two organisations collaborated to promote science through the Walsh Fellowship Award and Seminar.
These awards continue an RDS involvement in cattle breeding which began with the first Spring Show on the lawn of Leinster House in 1831. Following on the success of the first RDS Champion of Champions in 2006, the Awards have now grown to include all the major cattle societies.