Leading scientists meet to assess the climate impact of the agri-food sector in a review of sustainable eating habits In the climate change debate, the environmental footprint of agriculture is often under discussion, with much of the recent discourse around food focusing on the potential impact of cattle. However, not all information in circulation stands up to scientific scrutiny.Read more
Over the past few months, discussions on how to develop sustainable food systems have been in the spotlight, and was one of the key topics at the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi which I had the pleasure to attend. Nourishing (not only feeding with empty food) an increasing world population with an efficient use of the available resources is the challenge that we must address collectively.Read more
IDF welcomes the first World Food Safety Day, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2018, which will be celebrated on 7 June 2019 under the theme "Food Safety, everyone’s business."Read more
IDF contributes to the development of science-based globally harmonized standards, guidelines, codes of practice and related methodologies across all working areas, to continually improve regulatory environments for the dairy sector
Dairy provides up to one billion livelihoods
In 2014, milk production was estimated at 802.2 million tonnes.
Milk production is steadily growing: +2.3% on average every year since 2000.
In 2013, the trade of milk products equals around 83.6 billion USD in terms of value.
Globally, around 150 million small-scale dairy households, equivalent to 750 million people, are engaged in milk production
In 2013, the gross production value of raw milk produced across the world equals 328.4 billion USD.
Consumption of dairy products is expected to increase by 25% between 2015 and 2024.