Our work

Supporting high quality milk and nutritious, safe and sustainable dairy products

IDF working areas

The breadth of issues IDF covers in its work for the global dairy sector is extensive.

IDF work is grouped into ten areas which provide an overview of the activity performed in these fields. The information you will find on these pages gives an insight into IDF’s work in the broader global context, and includes links for further reading.

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Animal Health & Welfare

Milk from healthy and well-cared animals provides nutrition security for millions of people around the world.

Dairy Science & Technology

Dairy Science and Technology relates to the knowledge and understanding of milk, its production, the physical...

Economics & Policies

Generating a better understanding of the global dairy sector through statistical analysis...


The dairy sector takes its commitment to protecting our world’s resources seriously.


Dairy farming of all scales, in all regions, contributes to food security and achievement of sustainable...


Helping to ensure that consumers can trust dairy products produced around the world.

Hygiene &

Working collaboratively to safeguard the integrity and transparency of the global dairy supply chain.


Understanding changes in global dairy consumption, and gaining insight on emerging trends.

Methods of Analysis & Sampling

Facilitating trade and building trust in our sector through standardized methods for safety, quality...

Nutrition &

Scientific evidence supports the importance of milk and dairy products as part of healthy diets.

Featured publications

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

Related news & insights

Keep up to date with the latest news and insights from leading experts in the global dairy sector.