- IDF cooperates and liaises with several major international organizations
Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)
FAO is an intergovernmental, technical development agency. It was founded in 1945 to raise nutrition and living standards through improved agricultural production and rural development. Its core strategies include contribution to the eradication of of food insecurity and rural poverty; developing policy and regulatory frameworks for food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries; creating sustainable increases in the availability of food and agricultural products; supporting conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources; and improving decision-making through the provision of information.www.fao.org
The Codex Alimentarius Commission was created in 1963 by FAO and WHO to develop food standards, guidelines and related texts such as codes of practice under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme. The main purposes of this Programme are protecting health of the consumers and ensuring fair trade practices in the food trade, and promoting coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations.www.codexalimentarius.net
Organisation Mondiale de la Santé Animale (OIE) - World Organization for Animal Health
OIE is an intergovernmental body, not part of the UN system, which brings together the official veterinary authorities of the member governments. Over 160 countries are members.
OIE has produced and constantly updates the International Animal Health Code (Terrestrial Code) which categorizes animal diseases according to severity of impact.
OIE is also concerned with animal welfare issues and good farming practice.www.oie.int
International Organization for Standardization, (ISO)
ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 148 countries on the basis of one member per country. ISO acts to promote consensus on solutions that meet requirements of business and the broader needs of society, such as the needs of stakeholder groups like consumers and users.
ISO publishes a very broad range of international standards covering dairying (methods of sampling and analysis, engineering) but also the rest of the food industry and standards in generalwww.iso.org
World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO is the United Nations specialized agency for health. It was established on 7 April 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
IDF's contacts with WHO relate to human nutrition and food hygiene.www.who.int/en
International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR)
The aim of ICAR is to promote the development and improvement of the activities of performance recording and the evaluation of farm livestock.
IDF's work on methods of analysis and on small ruminants is of interest to ICAR.www.icar.org