Three days of sessions in this IDF World Dairy Summit were closed with signing the Declaration of Rotterdam: a comprehensive statement on the key contributions and commitments of the dairy sector towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
IDF President Jeremy Hill and Assistant Director General of the FAO Ren Wang explained the importance of the Declaration, providing a common high-level purpose regarding the dairy sector’s role for nutritional security, sustainability and socio-economic development. A few specific elements have been elaborated upon; dairy is the No. 1 global agricultural sector by value and is directly responsible for 240 million jobs worldwide, and from this approximately 1 billion livelihoods or the socio-economic wellbeing of a seventh of the world’s population is being supported. Alongside this, as many as 80 million women are engaged in dairy farming which can play a key role in their empowerment. As well as this, dairy is also considered to be essential in order to reduce hunger and malnutrition, particularly amongst the most vulnerable (pregnant women and children).
The 2016 IDF Award was presented to three outstanding nominees: Prof. Jelen (CA), Dr Kelly (IE) and Dr Marshall (NZ).
The first nominee, Prof. Paul Jelen has been awarded the IDF Award for his notoriety through his many and varied impactful contributions to the dairy and broader food industries during a career that has spanned nearly half a century.
The second nominee, Dr Phil Kelly has contributed largely to international progress in the field of dairy science and technology, especially in the field of applied research in dairy technology across many fields, over a career that has spanned nigh on 41 years.
The third nominee, Dr Kevin Marshall has made a truly outstanding contribution to the global dairy industry and broader food sector.
Takes place in Rotterdam, 16 – 21 October.
The IDF World Dairy Summit is the annual top meeting of the global dairy industry attracting 1500 to 2500 participants from all over the world. Amongst them CEO’s and employees of dairy processing companies, dairy farmers, suppliers to the dairy industry, academia, governments, marketers etc.
The Summit is composed of a series of topical scientific-technical conferences, social events including a welcome reception, gala dinner and technical tours. Participants will get together to network and get familiar with the latest research findings and experiences relevant for the global dairy sector in the broadest sense.
The IDF World Dairy Summit 2016 ‘Dare to Dairy’ in October in Rotterdam is the top annual meeting of the global dairy sector attracting 1.500 to 2.000 participants from all over the world. Amongst them are not only CEO’s and employees of dairy processing companies, dairy farmers, suppliers and scientists but also stakeholders from outside the global dairy sector. They all will share their view on how dairy can sustainably contribute to feeding 9 billion people.
During the afternoon of day 1 and for the next 2 days, delegates will be able to move freely between the two parallel IDF Symposia: Concentrated & Dried Milk Products Symposium and Cheese Science & Technology Symposium. In the intervening four years since these IDF symposia were last held abroad, it is now timely for several new technological innovations to be disclosed by contributors from both academia and industry
Results from a global survey on school milk programmes have just been published in a new Bulletin of the International Dairy Federation. This survey provides the most up to date information on school milk programmes and how these have developed since the last survey carried out by FAO in 1998.
Conducted jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Dairy Federation, with the support of Tetra Laval, this survey is the largest of its kind in many years. It provides an in-depth look at school milk programmes in the Americas, Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe.
Some highlights of the survey include:
A total of 140 million children benefit from school milk, with around 57% of those receiving it at least 5 days per week.
In 58% of the programmes, children were provided with free milk. In 27% of the programmes, children were provided with subsidised milk.
IDF World Dairy Summit 2015 in Vilnius, Lithuania 20 – 24 September. The main theme of this year’s Summit – Closing the Nutritional Gap with Sustainable Dairy – reflects the IDF’s commitment towards ensuring global nutrition security and food sustainability. The Summit has attracted over 1200 dairy producers, farmers, scientists, government officials and other sector professionals from more than 50 countries across the globe.
Dr. Jeremy Hill, the President of IDF, emphasised that the theme of this year’s Summit corresponds to one of the most important issues the world is facing today. “The nutritional gap affects both the wealthy and the poor. It is manifest through poor nutrition in the diseases of affluence, such as obesity and diabetes, and of poverty, such as stunting. In both cases a lack of a balanced diet through inadequate advice, poor choices or limited access can have devastating effects on the individual, on the family and on society,” says the President of IDF.
Hill is convinced that “Dairy has an important role to play in enriching the nutritional credentials of diets and is just as important in those countries with the over feeding and under nutrition (too many calories and too few nutrients) as it is in those with under feeding and under nutrition (too few calories and too few nutrients).”
“Unfortunately consumers’ understanding of nutrition and health and the role of food and diets is not as advanced as it needs to be and particularly in a world where we cannot afford to squander our food production systems, our food and our diets on naive policies and advice. We need to move away from the reductionist view of nutrition as the sum of the individual food components and consider the complex way multiple food components act within complex diets and individual lifestyles,” Dr. Hill notes.
IDF World Dairy Summit will take place on September 20-24, 2015 in Vilnius, Lithuania. The theme is “Closing the Nutritional Gap with Sustainable Dairy”.
Lithuania is a land of agriculture that has strong traditions in cattle farming. Dairy farming is one of the key agricultural sectors in the country that was encouraged by our natural conditions, which are very favourable towards dairy farming.
“Lithuania is at the crossroads of east and west and we are planning great networking opportunities for delegates. Therefore come to Lithuania and visit our golden seaside and medieval castles! Soak up the serenity and inspiration of Vilnius’s Baroque courtyards! Meet our people–open and strong, free and determined – and come back again and again”, Bronius Markauskas President of the Lithuanian National Committee says.
“It is a great honour for Lithuania to host this leading dairy event – IDF World Dairy Summit 2015.”