The dairy sector is committed to adopting sustainable practices and ultimately being a key contributor to sustainable food systems. Of course, tackling food waste is a critical part of that effort. As the chair of the Standing Committee on Environment at the International Dairy Federation (IDF), I am honoured to have the chance to speak this week at a side event for the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi and present a case study on the dairy sector’s innovative approaches to reducing food waste.Read more
The UN Environment Assembly will be gathering soon in Nairobi to discuss the theme of “Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production”. How we can build sustainable food systems will no doubt be at the centre of these discussions. As the President of the International Dairy Federation (IDF), every day I see the important role that dairy plays in meeting these challenges. Feeding the world with healthy and sustainable food is a goal that we all share, and we must make sure that the calories being consumed come from nutrient rich sources if we genuinely want people to be healthy. It is here that dairy provides a welcome solution.Read more
The dairy sector has adopted an integrated supply chain management approach to curb the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This requires positive actions and cooperation by all players such as dairy farmers, veterinarians, dairy and meat processing companies, animal feed producers, pharmaceutical firms and regulators.Download
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.