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The partnership between FAO and the animal feed industry grows steadily stronger

The FAO and animal feed industry 10 years old formal collaboration is now fully mature and takes up the challenge of addressing issues which are critical if the safety and sustainability of feed and food are to be ensured.

20/10/2015. FAO and the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) held their 14th annual meeting at FAO Headquarters on 12-13 October 2015 to strengthen even further their long standing collaboration and take up the challenge of addressing issues which are critical if the safety and sustainability of feed and food are to be ensured. Guaranteeing sustainability, feed safety and quality, reducing the use of antimicrobial in the livestock sector and adhering to international standards, were all item discussed by the delegates from the feed industry worldwide (among others European Union countries, USA, Brazil, China, South Africa, Turkey, Australia and India), representing over 80 percent of global compound feed production and the FAO officers, that agreed that sustainable and responsible feed production and use cannot be attained by one single action or by an individual player, but a strong collaboration among the all stakeholders is essential.  FAO is proving particularly successful in establishing a thriving relationship with the feed industry and providing a platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue.

Animal feeding plays a leading role in the global food industry and feed is the largest and most important component to ensure the sustainable production of safe and affordable animal proteins. World compound feed production is fast approaching an estimated 1 billion tonnes annually. Global commercial feed manufacturing generates an estimated annual turnover of over US $370 billion. Commercial production or sale of manufactured feed products takes place in more than 130 countries and directly employs more than a quarter of a million skilled workers, technicians, managers and professionals. In addition, around 300 million tonnes of feed is produced directly by on farm mixing.

During the meeting, Ren Wang, FAO Assistant Director-General for Agriculture and Consumer Protection, highlighted the importance of partnering with the private sector to support the FAO strategic goals. At the same time, Mario Sergio Cutait, IFIF Chairman, pointed out that FAO strong efforts to reach out the private sector have made a tangible and positive difference in the FAO/IFIF already longstanding collaboration. “Together with the dedicated colleagues at the FAO, we have achieved very important milestones, including the publication of the FAO/IFIF Feed Manual of Good Practices for the Feed Industry , the organization of nine International Feed Regulators Meetings and of five Global Feed and Food Congresses” Mr. Cutait added.


The recent adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, which marks a turning point in the global community’s approach to development, was recalled and it was stressed how the partnership its particularly aligned with the 17th Goal “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development” and its specific points.


Joel Newman, new IFIF Chairman, elect for 2016 – 2017, emphasized that for the years 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 the efforts to address feed and food safety in the context of the Codex Alimentarius. Mr. Newman added that IFIF looks forward to our upcoming 5th Global Feed and Food Congress , as well as the 9th International Feed Regulators Meeting that will take place in Turkey in April 2016, both of which are stellar examples of FAO-IFIF collaboration and its positive impact in the feed and food chain.


“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” said Daniela Battaglia, Livestock Development Officer at the Animal Production and Health Division of the FAO.