Re: The e-Consultation on Hunger, Food and Nutrition Security

Rycken Laurence International Dairy Federation, Belgium

The International Dairy Federation (IDF) appreciates the opportunity to contribute to this FAO/WFP consultation on Food and Nutrition Security in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The International Dairy Federation is the pre-eminent source of scientific and technical expertise for all stakeholders of the dairy chain.

Food is the primary source of the nutrients needed to sustain life, promote health and normal growth, and it is the essential component that links nutrition, agriculture and ecology within the ecosystems framework to assure human productivity. The inter-relationships among food security, agricultural and food systems, ecosystems and the environment call for an interdisciplinary approach for implementation of successful interventions.

To improve the nutritional status of individuals and populations, cultural, agricultural, economic, and social conditions requires better integration. Many nutrient deficiencies are concurrent and interrelated, and solutions also must be integrated. Careful consideration of the inter-relationships between nutrition and human health, agriculture and food production, environmental health, and economic development is needed to adequately address hunger, food security and malnutrition challenges particularly as the global population continues to expand.

Please consult the IDF full submission to see how dairy and the dairy chain contributes to work on these challenges, by providing a naturally nutrient rich food, and by improving its industry’s environmental performance.