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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.

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IDF pillars​


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

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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

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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.

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Safety & Quality

IDF engages in safeguarding the integrity and transparency of the dairy supply chain to ensure the safety and quality of milk and dairy products.

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Animal Health
& welfare
Dairy Science
& Technology
& Policies
& Safety
Methods of
Analysis & Sampling
& Health

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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.

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IDF Membership

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).

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1 billion

The dairy sector provides income and employment to many

It is estimated that 12-14% of the world population live on dairy farms or within dairy farming households


6 billion

The dairy sector contributes to global nutrition

More than 6 billion people worldwide consume milk and milk products


160 million

Supporting growing children around the world

At least 160 million children around the world currently receive and benefit from receiving milk at school


981 million

Demand for dairy
is growing

World milk production is expected to grow 1.7% p.a. reaching approximately 981 Mt by 2028


7 essential nutrients

Well-known natural nutrient-richness

Milk and dairy foods are important sources of several nutrients that contribute to health and a well-balanced diet.



Standards that ensure dairy safety and quality

The dairy sector benefits from IDF/ISO’s unique collaboration to provide standards for methods of analysis and sampling

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