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Strategies to Nourish People & Planet

Our vision is to promote a fairer, more equitable food system which provides viable livelihoods for farmers and producers, and nourishes people, communities and planet. We provide project management, consultancy and facilitation services to a wide variety of clients and projects that promote this vision.

Ruth Hegarty - Agency Director

Policy & Advocacy

From consultations and workshop facilitation, to research, policy papers and reports, we work with community groups, NGOs, state bodies and the private sector on initiatives that promote good food for all, sustainable food systems and livelihoods..

Business & Strategy

Business and strategy development for producers/producer groups, festivals and events, and projects that support sustainable and artisan food production, food education, and food culture..

Ruth Hegarty

Agency Director Ruth Hegarty is an experienced facilitator, moderator, MC and speaker, as well as a commentator on food policy..

Our Projects

  • Voices around the Table

    Voices around the Table

    In 2018, with funding from Healthy Ireland, Ruth Hegarty with collaborator Jamie Gorman, facilitated a series of workshops with community groups around Galway city and county to explore people’s interactions with, and the impacts of, food in their daily lives. The workshops examined people’s perceptions and experiences of food and their own die…
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  • Global Goals Business Conversations

    Global Goals Business Conversations

    Managed by Concern Worldwide and funded by Irish Aid, the Global Goals Business Conversations aim to engage Ireland’s business communities with the UN Sustainable Development goals and actions they can take or influence towards a more sustainable future locally, nationally and globally. Commenced in 2019, egg&chicken manages this project on …
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  • Food on the Edge

    Food on the Edge

    An international food symposium founded by chef JP McMahon taking place in Galway since 2015, Food on the Edge brings together chefs, food professionals, activists, journalists and more from all over the world to discuss the future of food in its broadest sense, as well as showcasing the food and farming of the West of Ireland and building a globa…
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  • Chef Network

    Chef Network

    A professional community, online and offline, for Ireland’s chefs founded in 2014. Working on behalf of IFSA, Agency director Ruth Hegarty led the conceptualisation and creation of the network for the beginning through facilitation and consultation with chefs. Egg & Chicken fully manage all aspects of Chef Network including organisational …
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Latest News

food sovereignty
Ruth Hegarty

World Food Day: Thinking about Food Sovereignty

Today, to mark World Food Day, I am sharing a short clip from my conversation back in May* with Jennifer McConnell, General Manager of Irish Seed Savers, where we speak briefly about the concept of food sovereignty and the role that seed collections like the one at Irish Seed Savers

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Will putting Calories on Menus change the way we eat?
Ruth Hegarty

Will putting Calories on Menus change the way we eat?

What we need to nurture is a love of food, a culture where food is valued and enjoyed, not analysed and feared. Over the last four weeks you may have been grappling with a new year’s resolution to get more active, eat healthier, lose weight. But when you decide to

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