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On 1 June every year, World Milk Day celebrates dairy’s vital role in global food systems, providing economic, nutritional, and social benefits to a large proportion of the world’s population. IDF and its members work together to convey this message to the public by promoting activities taking place on and around this day.
World Milk Day history
World Milk Day was introduced in 2001 by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) to recognize the importance of milk as a global food, and to celebrate the dairy sector. Each year since, the benefits of milk and dairy products have been actively promoted around the world, including how dairy supports the livelihoods of one billion people.
All aspects of milk and dairy are celebrated on annual World Milk Day, including their benefits with regards to health and nutrition, affordability and accessibility, and the sector’s passion and commitment to feeding our communities.
Celebrations on 1 June are global and marked in many countries all over the world, with the number of countries and activities are increasing every year, providing an opportunity for everyone involved in the sector to participate.
World Milk Day activities
The annual event is an opportunity to celebrate all things dairy. For example, activities around the world have included:
- Milking demonstrations and farm visits
- Games, competitions, and concerts
- Distribution of milk products, and
- conferences, seminars and information sharing
All are aimed at sharing information on the value of milk and illustrating the important role the dairy sector plays in communities, national economies and cultural aspects of societies.
The theme in 2021 focused on sustainability to showcase dairy’s commitment to innovation in reducing the sector’s environmental footprint.
A global success!
The 2021 World Milk Day celebrations were the most successful to date!
Activities started with the Enjoy Dairy Rally from May 29-31, culminating in World Milk Day on June 1. The Enjoy Dairy Rally, focusing on the themes of Nutrition, Community and Enjoyment, was held for the third consecutive year and helped create a four-day promotional campaign for the sector.
Thanks to IDF experts around the world for your tremendous support, which helped make it the biggest celebration yet.
See how our member countries celebrated in 2021
IDF Brazil shared a video featuring various representatives of the dairy sector (CEO, veterinarian, researcher, government, producer, nutritionist, technicians) watch it on YouTube
World Milk Day 2021 was celebrated recognizing the important role of dairy in addressing the nutritional challenges Chile is facing. On 1 June a webinar was held between the dairy sector and the University of Chile to talk about the nutritional challenges in the country, dairy’s contribution to nutrition and health, and sustainability. On June 2, 3, 23, 30 webinars were held with four different Universities from across the country to present the recently launched book ‘Lácteos: Nutrición y Salud’ (Dairy: Nutrition and Health – ES only). Videos from dairy farmers working on reducing greenhouse gas emissions were shared on social media throughout the month.
IDF Kenya celebrated World Milk Day 2021 with a special online event on the 31 May – with IDF Director General Caroline Emond in attendance.
IDF Korea is co-hosted a symposium celebrating World Milk Day on 1-2 June 2021 with the theme “Future of Dairy Products and Applied Biological Industry in the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution” The presentations covered personalized healthy dairy products, the effect of postbiotics, and much more.
A virtual event was organized for the Celebration of “World Milk Day” on 1st June 2021. The virtual event was inaugurated by the Hon. Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying. During the function, the National “Gopal Ratna Award” was launched, alongside the integration of the e-Gopala app with UMANG (Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance). The e-GOPALA platform helps farmers in the country to manage and purchase livestock. A technical Session on breed improvement technologies was also held.
On World Milk Day 2021, LRF Dairy Sweden hosted a live seminar releasing a new report on school milk: Actual servings and attitudes towards school milk. The report is based on mapping of Swedish municipalities regarding school meals and milk service in preschool, compulsory school, and upper secondary school. Discover more information in the IDF School Milk Knowledge Hub
In addition to sharing information on dairy nutrition and sustainability, Worlk Milk Day also saw the official launch of Dairy UK’s new Pinterest account Dairylicious.
As COVID-19 continued to restrict movement of people around the globe, creative solutions were required to celebrate this important anniversary.
IDF hosted a virtual ’Raise a glass’ event at its annual General Assembly which brought together representatives of the dairy sector from around the globe. Here’s to a successful World Milk Day 2021!
World Milk Day 2021
On 1 June 2021, IDF recognised World Milk Day with an online celebration for its global experts.
The overarching theme for 2021 was sustainability, and the substantial efforts the global dairy sector is taking to reduce carbon footprint, while still maintaining a focus on the benefits of dairy with regards to health and nutrition, affordability and accessibility, and the sector’s passion and commitment for feeding the world’s communities.
As COVID-19 continued to restrict movement of people around the globe, creative solutions were required to celebrate this important anniversary. IDF hosted a virtual ’Raise a glass’ event at its annual General Assembly which brought together representatives of the dairy sector from around the globe.
IDF also shared a series of dairy farm case studies, examples of on-farm practices to improve carbon footprint and enhance sustainability: World Milk Day 2021 focuses on dairy sustainability
Dairy is a vital part of global food systems, providing economic, nutritional & social benefits to many people around the world
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