World Milk Day

Milk is an important part of a healthy balanced diet and annual World Milk Day provides the perfect opportunity to spread the word.

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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 was initiated in 2001 by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations 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, including their benefits with regards to health and nutrition, affordability and accessibility, and the sector’s passion and commitment to feeding our communities.

The 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. 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. Learn more

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IDF ‘raising a virtual glass’ to World Milk Day 2020

On 1 June 2020, IDF recognised the 20th anniversary of World Milk Day with an online celebration for its global experts.

The overarching theme for 2020 was the 20th Anniversary of World Milk Day, with 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 to World Milk Day’ event, which brought together  representatives of the dairy sector from around the globe.

Dairy is a vital part of the global food systems, providing economic, nutritional and social benefits to a large proportion of the world’s population

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