Dairy Sustainability Outlook

Promoting global dairy sustainability, sharing knowledge and best practice

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Finding new ways to reduce impact on environment, manage resources efficiently and increase benefits to biodiversity and bioeconomy is a crucial part of the commitment made by the dairy sector for continuous improvement.

IDF’s Dairy Sustainability Outlook publication series provides new case studies to support the dairy sector in delivering on its commitment to sustainable development. 

The contribution of milk and dairy products, from farming to production with the aim of achieving nutrition and socio-economic improvement goals is widely recognized. The consumption of nutrient dense foods like dairy; as well as finding innovative sustainable farming systems and technologies for dairy production is an important requirement for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Billions of people around the world rely on dairy for nutrition daily. Through its dynamic nature and forward thinking the sector will be able to continue to innovate to reduce its environmental impact and be part of the solution to tackle climate change.


Each edition of the report provides a deeper viewpoint on the contribution of the dairy sector to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The series explores case studies of sustainable practices & innovations across the dairy sector

The future of dairy sustainability

The latest issue of the report is dedicated to the 5 action tracks of the UN Food Systems Summit and how dairy is helping to deliver on global sustainable development goals.

The UN Food Systems Summit will launch bold new actions to deliver progress on all 17 SDGs, each of which relies to some degree on healthier, more sustainable and equitable food systems. Guided by five Action Tracks, case studies from the dairy community are presented, showcasing how the sector is committed to nourishing the global population with safe and nutritious foods through sustainable production systems.

Recent reports/publications

IDF provides a permanent source of authoritative scientific and other information on a whole range of topics relevant to the dairy sector.

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Sustainability Pillar

IDF pro-actively supports a vibrant dairy sector committed to continuously improving its ability to ...

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Nutrition & Health – Pillar

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The dairy sector takes its commitment to protecting the world's resources seriously.

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