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Helping to nourish the world with safe and sustainable dairy.
The International Dairy Federation (IDF) represents the global dairy sector and
ensures the best scientific expertise is used to support high quality milk and
nutritious, safe and sustainable dairy products.
IDF contributes to the development of science-based globally harmonized standards, guidelines, codes of practice and related methodologies across all working areas, to continually improve regulatory environments for the dairy sector
Nutrition & Health
IDF pro-actively supports science-based nutrition policies to ensure that dairy is an integral part of the diet for all age groups and contributes to closing the nutritional gap
IDF pro-actively supports a vibrant dairy sector committed to continuously improve its ability to provide safe and nutritious milk and dairy products from healthy animals to close the nutritional gap whilst preserving natural resources and ensuring decent livelihoods across the whole dairy value chain.
Safety & Quality
SAFETY & QUALITY
Dairy & sustainable development goals
The dairy sector is an essential contributor to the UN sustainable development goals.
While the sector has obvious impacts on ending hunger, achieving food security, and improving the nutritional value of diets in a sustainable manner, the sector also has an important part to play in the achievement of many of the other sustainability goals identified.
For more information on the dairy sector’s commitment to the sustainable development goals, including case studies and other information, visit the website of the Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam.
IDF’s membership is made up of National Committees, constituted by dairy organizations in each country and representing as fully as possible the various dairying activities of the country (such as milk production, manufacture, distribution, technology, science, human nutrition, marketing, economics, education and administration).
It is estimated that 12-14% of the world population live on dairy farms or within dairy farming households
More than 6 billion people worldwide consume milk and milk products
At least 160 million children around the world currently receive and benefit from receiving milk at school
World milk production is expected to grow 1.7% p.a. reaching approximately 981 Mt by 2028
Milk and dairy foods are important sources of several nutrients that contribute to health and a well-balanced diet.
The dairy sector benefits from IDF/ISO’s unique collaboration to provide standards for methods of analysis and sampling
IDF provides a permanent source of authoritative scientific and other information on a whole range of topics relevant to the dairy sector.
The IDF global Carbon Footprint standard for the dairy sector...
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Bulletin of the IDF N°518/2022: The World Dairy Situation Report 2022...
Annual survey containing information on milk and dairy production, processing, companies, consumption, trade,....
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