Atriga Consulting Services Ltd was entrusted with the drafting of Agricultural Policy for the Maltese Islands 2018-2028 following a tendering process that was carried out in 2015. This task included the delivery of the following specific activities:
- identification of the main agricultural issues that are currently inhibiting progress in this sector. This involved a thorough desk research followed by an extensive consultation process with public and private stakeholders to identify the policy issues. A comprehensive review of the current state of affairs including various strategies and legislations led to the formulation of an Issues Paperthat was subsequently published for stakeholder consultation in March 2016;
- organisation of a ‘National Consultation Event’ held over two days, between the 28th and the 29th March 2016. Those present discussed policy issues and proceeded by participating in the drafting of focused SWOT analysis pertaining to each issue raised during the various sessions. All this generated many pertinent recommendations which were, eventually, intended to be included in the respective policy measures;
- drafting of the Agricultural Policy for the Maltese islands placing major emphasis on a) key policy objectives that were identified in the Issues Paper, b) feedback received during the stakeholder consultation and c) the outcomes of the ‘National Consultation Event’, with particular reference to the SWOT analysis developed in the various technical focus groups formed for the purpose. The policy issues were evaluated in detail with a view to develop a set of operational objectives and policy measures that are deemed to be appropriate for Malta and Gozo;
- reviewing of the draft Agricultural Policy for the Maltese islands by the Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development, and Climate Change and completion by Atriga Consult.