Michael Sweeney

Michael is a senior agri-food economist with Farrelly & Mitchell and has consulted on numerous assignments across Europe, Middle East, Africa and globally, including large scale farming, fresh produce, flour milling, grains, meat, poultry, dairy, consumer foods, HORECA, marketing, livestock, food processing and distribution/logistics projects.

The primary focus of Michael’s work is on the food and agribusiness economies of the GCC, Europe, Middle East and Africa, specifically, farm subsidies and policies, food and feed commodities, produce, packaged food, beverage, meat, dairy and poultry value chains along with consumer food markets.

Michael recently led a major global investment directional study on key growth sectors and geographic markets across the F&B value chain. In addition, he has helped to develop export manuals and market studies to guide private companies and government authorities wishing to develop access to new export markets for food and agricultural products.

Previously he worked as a researcher in the Corporate Planning and Strategy Unit of Ireland’s inward Investment promotion agency IDA Ireland, a global leader in FDI. 

There, Michael provided research and analysis of issues impacting on IDA Ireland’s ability to meet its aims and objectives. He also worked as a project co-ordinator for Pobal Eascarrach, a community development company in Ireland.

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Sustainability & ESG

2021 ESG trends: The cost of failing to integrate sustainability into agribusinesses

Trends show continued momentum behind ethically run food. Failing to integrate sustainability into an investment has consequences.

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Sustainability & ESG

A dilemma for ESG investors: Balancing local food autonomy and global supply chain advantages

Food production has a wide range of impacts which are difficult to measure, making it unclear whether individual investment in food meet ESG criteria.

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Michael Sweeney

Michael is a senior agri-food economist with Farrelly & Mitchell and has consulted on numerous assignments across Europe, Middle East, Africa and globally, including large scale farming, fresh produce, flour milling, grains, meat, poultry, dairy, consumer foods, HORECA, marketing, livestock, food processing and distribution/logistics projects.

The primary focus of Michael’s work is on the food and agribusiness economies of the GCC, Europe, Middle East and Africa, specifically, farm subsidies and policies, food and feed commodities, produce, packaged food, beverage, meat, dairy and poultry value chains along with consumer food markets.

Michael recently led a major global investment directional study on key growth sectors and geographic markets across the F&B value chain. In addition, he has helped to develop export manuals and market studies to guide private companies and government authorities wishing to develop access to new export markets for food and agricultural products.

Previously he worked as a researcher in the Corporate Planning and Strategy Unit of Ireland’s inward Investment promotion agency IDA Ireland, a global leader in FDI. 

There, Michael provided research and analysis of issues impacting on IDA Ireland’s ability to meet its aims and objectives. He also worked as a project co-ordinator for Pobal Eascarrach, a community development company in Ireland.

We help food and agriculture businesses to sustainably grow

Connect with us

Featured publications

Sustainability & ESG

2021 ESG trends: The cost of failing to integrate sustainability into agribusinesses

Trends show continued momentum behind ethically run food. Failing to integrate sustainability into an investment has consequences.

Blog

Sustainability & ESG

A dilemma for ESG investors: Balancing local food autonomy and global supply chain advantages

Food production has a wide range of impacts which are difficult to measure, making it unclear whether individual investment in food meet ESG criteria.

Blog

Sustainability & ESG

A sustainable green revolution for Africa

Rather than copying India’s Green Revolution, African countries should learn from those mistakes, look to raise productivity levels without harming natural resources. 

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