IFIF and FAO continue to strengthen collaboration on critical issues to ensure safe and sustainable feed & food at 21st Annual Meeting
The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) held their 21st annual meeting to further strengthen their collaboration on critical issues to ensure safe, nutritious and sustainable feed and food.
The meeting was officially opened by Mrs. Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General FAO and Mr. Thanawat Tiensin, Director Animal Production and Health at FAO, together with Mr. Ruud Tijssens, IFIF Chairman. They welcomed the IFIF delegates representing over 80 percent of global compound feed production and reiterated their commitment to this longstanding partnership and agreed to continue to strengthen their work together to tackle the challenges facing the feed and food chain.
Mr. Tiensin reaffirmed the importance of “collaboration between the public and private sector, as well as other stakeholders, to support the evidence-based key role of the livestock sector for achieving United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly – zero hunger. Also, for improving nutrition quality and supporting livelihoods worldwide in light of high-level global reflections on sustainable agri-food systems. We will continue working together with all stakeholders in promoting sustainable, resilient, inclusive, and efficient livestock transformation.”
Mr. Tijssens says, ‘our joint meeting with the FAO once again underlined our strong partnership as IFIF continues to support key FAO initiatives such as the Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) Partnership, the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock and the Multi-stakeholder Partnership for Feed safety.’ Mr. Tijssens congratulated ‘the success of LEAP going into Phase 4 and reaffirmed the support of implementing the LEAP guidelines through the Global Feed LCA Institute (GFLI).
‘The publication of the updated FAO and IFIF Manual on Good Practices for the Feed Sector was a key milestone as we work together on Capacity Development for feed safety. IFIF continues to contribute to FAO’s work to address antimicrobial resistance including through advancing nutritional innovation to support animal health. IFIF looks forward to the 16th International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM) in 2023, which is another great example of IFIF FAO collaboration positively impacting the feed and food chain.’
Mr. Tijssens adds that ‘together with the dedicated colleagues at the FAO we contribute to building a solid science-based approach to support safe and sustainable animal nutrition to bring quality and affordable food to a growing world population, producing more with less and even better under diverse production systems. The high quality of exchanges and cooperation towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) continue to build on our achievements and together with all IFIF members I am pleased our relationship with FAO continues to strengthen year to year. In addition, the Global Feed & Food Congress (GFFC), which we will organise with FAO technical support in Bangkok in March 2024, will be an important opportunity for us to further strengthen collaboration with the Asian feed sector and stakeholders.’
Daniela Battaglia, Livestock Production Officer at the Animal Production and Health Division of the FAO, says, ‘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 and the importance of collaborating to tackle the containment of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). FAO is committed to work with the private sector and the feed operators and believes that they can valuably contribute to make the livestock and food sectors more responsible and sustainable and to achieve important goals such as public health, and animal health and welfare.’