IFIF and FAO: joint efforts for the feed industry

20-10-2015 | |
IFIF and FAO: joint efforts for the feed industry
IFIF and FAO: joint efforts for the feed industry

The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) will further strengthen their collaboration on critical issues to ensure safe, nutritious and sustainable feed and food.

This was said at their 14th annual meeting at FAO Headquarters on 12-13 October 2015.

Mr. Mario Sergio Cutait, IFIF Chairman stated: “Together with the dedicated colleagues at the FAO, we have achieved very important milestones, including the Feed Manual of Good Practices for the Feed Industry, the International Feed Regulators Meetings (IFRM) and the Global Feed & Food (GFFC) Congress Series. We have to support both sustainable livestock production and intensive farming, innovation and technology and fair trade. Feed is part of the solution”.

Efforts on Codex Alimentarius

Joel Newman, IFIF Chairman elect for 2016 – 2017, highlighted that looking ahead IFIF is committed to continue to support the FAO initiatives on capacity development for feed safety, the LEAP partnership and the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock, as well joint efforts on feed and food safety at the Codex Alimentarius.” Mr. Newman added “IFIF looks forward to our upcoming 5th Global Feed & Food Congress, as well as the 9th International Feed Regulators Meeting, in Turkey in April 2016, both of which are stellar examples of FAO IFIF collaboration positively impacting the feed and food chain.”

Need for capacity development

Daniela Battaglia, Livestock Development Officer at the Animal Production and Health Division of the FAO, said “FAO and IFIF have a long standing partnership and this meeting addressed a number of critical issues of common interest, such as the need for capacity development to ensure feed safety. FAO is committed to work with the private sector and feed operators and believes that they can valuably contribute to make the livestock and food sectors more responsible and sustainable to achieve important goals such as public health, and animal health and welfare.”

Emmy Koeleman Freelance editor