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Fuel for life – the vital role of school feeding worldwide

IDF Director General Caroline Emond shares her views on the importance of global school meal programs, incorporating nutrient-dense foods like milk and dairy, and their important role in addressing hunger, malnutrition, access to school and education, and alleviation of poverty. On Thursday 11 March we celebrate the 9th International School Meals Day, with the theme for 2021 ‘Eat for the health of it’, exploring affordable, nutritious foods and links between food and nutrition and children’s physical and mental health. To…

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UN Food Systems Summit: Game changing solutions for dairy

The United Nations Food Systems Summit, which is being convened this September by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, marks a clear point in time when decisions will be taken relating to the future production and consumption of food. With the world nowhere close to delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the target date of 2030, the Summit Secretariat has issued a call for game changing solutions to pick up the pace to delivery of the SDGs. Work underway The…

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IDF looks back at its first ever Dairy Science and Technology week!

On the 28th of February to the 3rd of March 2005, the first ever IDF Dairy Science and Technology week was launched in Cambridge, UK. The subject “Innovation through Innovation” was a chance for stakeholders and members to come together. It was held in Cambridge at Madingley Hall, an old and traditional refurbished country house built in the 16th century. Hosted by the UK National Committee of the IDF, the main objective of the event was to exchange knowledge amongst…

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IDF publishes update on dairy terms guidance

The IDF’s update to its bulletin on the Codex General Standard for the Use of Dairy Terms, also known as the GSUDT, is now available, providing the reader with the latest information on the nature, content and possible implications of the GSUDT in the context of national, regional and international trade, including its status in relation to the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade. The update supports policymakers, food business operators and enforcement authorities in avoiding any erroneous use…

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Maintaining momentum on methods of analysis and sampling

The CODEX recommended methods of analysis play an important role in checking compliance with provisions in Codex standards. Foundation texts developed by the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS), such as General Standard on Methods of Analysis and Sampling, CX234, provide an essential reference for food business operators and analysts. From the 23 to 25 November 2020, a webinar was organised by the secretariat of Codex and of the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling. The…

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Recognition of ‘One Health’ is vital to ensure the healthy and sustainable future of our world

This week (18-24 November) is annual World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020, which aims to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policymakers to avoid the further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections. One Health, the core of which is the recognition of the inherent interconnectedness of humans, animals, and their shared environment, is key to ensuring the healthy and sustainable future of the planet. Within IDF, we believe good…

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Protected: 8TH IDF INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON SHEEP, GOAT AND OTHER NON-COW MILK – DAY 1

  IDF is bringing together the global dairy community to focus on “Sheep, Goat and other non-Cow milk” in an online event hosted by the IDF Head Office. Sheep, goats, and other non-cow milk-producing animals are widely distributed throughout the world. They contribute to sustainable livelihoods through support of the economy, rural and peri-urban livelihoods, the empowerment of women, and food security. During the first day, we will discuss the role of these animals in sustainability, economic, social, environmental and the role of...

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Dairy as part of the recipe to transition food systems and to achieve the SDG 2030 agenda

As we celebrate World Food Day on 16 October and commemorate at the same time the 75th Anniversary of the founding of FAO, IDF’s mission comes to mind: Nourishing the world with safe and sustainable dairy. Without safe, accessible, affordable, and nutritious food there is no food security and certainly no nutrition security. With 2 billion persons malnourished around the world, it is not only a question of producing the right quantity of food but more importantly quality food.  Nutrient-dense…

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