Markets and Trade

World Milk Day

The world first “raised a glass” to World Milk Day in 2001. Since then this annual event has swelled to more than 40 countries, and continues to grow. All aspects of milk are celebrated in different ways. But there is one common theme: the potency of milk and the milk industry.

Why celebrate it?

Milk is one of the most widely produced and valuable agricultural commodities on the planet. Containing a powerful mixture of essential nutrients, it fuels food security, nutrition and economic development.

World Milk Day is the ideal opportunity to spread the word. Whether handing out milk cartons, airing TV commercials or staging fun community events that involve children and adults alike, it is a chance for everyone in the sector to take stock of the power of milk.

How did it begin?

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN initiated World Milk Day in 2001. As a number of countries were already celebrating a national milk day on or around June 1st, this was chosen as the date. 

World Milk Day (WMD) is yet to be recognized as an official international day by the United Nations, and as such the FAO Markets and Trade Division currently focuses on sourcing information about WMD celebrations and sharing it with the Dairy Market Network, and online.  The network provides a free information-exchange platform for members on developments in the world’s dairy industry.

We’d love to know how you are celebrating this year’s World Milk Day, June 1st.

Drop us a line with your messages and contributions to FAO Dairy Outlook Network.