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FAO and IFIF - a thriving collaboration to ensure safe, nutritious and sustainable feed and food

Collaboration between the public and the private sector can successfully address critical issues of the feed and food chain

During the 15th FAO-IFIF Annual Meeting on the 6th and 7th of October in Rome, representatives of the feed industry have addressed, together with FAO Officers, several issues of importance and identified new areas of collaboration. The topics of this year agenda were: antimicrobial resistance (AMR), regulatory international standards, sustainability and capacity development for feed safety.


The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have a strong collaborative relationship dating back many years. The IFIF Chairman, Joel Newman, reiterated IFIF’s commitment to this longstanding partnership and highlighted that “together with the dedicated colleagues at the FAO we have achieved very important milestones, including the FAO/IFIF Manual of Good Practices for the Feed Industry, the International Feed Regulators Meetings (IFRM) and the Global Feed & Food (GFFC) Congress Series.” Mr. Newman added that “our joint meeting underlined that 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 as the joint efforts on feed and food safety at the Codex Alimentarius. IFIF looks forward to our upcoming FAO IFIF 10th International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM) in Atlanta, USA in January 2017, which is another great example of FAO/IFIF collaboration positively impacting the feed and food chain.”

The Annual Meeting focussed on on-going joint initiatives such as the Feed Safety Multi-stakeholder Partnership for Capacity Development of which IFIF is a leading partner, but also offered an opportunity to discuss and prioritize new areas of collaboration, such as the fight against antimicrobial resistance. Together, FAO and the feed industry will explore pathways for a reduced and responsible use of antimicrobials in the livestock sector. It was highlighted how adequate animal nutrition and gut health can definitely contribute to reducing the need for antimicrobial use. In addition, the feed industry cam provide valid alternatives to the use of antimicrobials for non-therapeutic use in the form of in-feed enzymes, competitive exclusion products, probiotics, prebiotics, acidifiers, plant extracts, nutraceuticals, essential oils, yeast and many others.


“It is an exciting time for the FAO /IFIF partnership, and the dialogue on this collaboration broadens our mutual perspectives and understanding of current issues in the feed sector” said Alexandra de Athayde, IFIF Executive Director.


FAO continues being  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.