IFIF, FAO strengthen collaboration on critical issues

Two groups aim to ensure safe, nutritious and sustainable feed and food

The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) held their 14th annual meeting at FAO Headquarters on October 12-13 to further strengthen their collaboration on critical issues to ensure safe, nutritious and sustainable feed and food.

Dr. Ren Wang, FAO assistant director-general for agriculture and consumer protection, welcomed delegates and highlighted the importance of private partnerships to support the FAO strategic goals to the IFIF delegates representing more than 80 percent of global compound feed production.

The meeting was officially opened by Dr. Berhe Tekola, director of the FAO animal production & health division and Mario Sergio Cutait, IFIF chairman, who 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.

Cutait highlighted that “the FAO focus on five strategic objectives, emphasis on working in a goal-oriented manner, and the FAO strong efforts reaching out the private sector have made a tangible and positive difference in our already longstanding collaboration.”

“Together with the dedicated colleagues at the FAO, we have achieved very important milestones, including the Feed Manual of Good Practices for the Feed Industry, the International Feed Regulators Meetings (IFRM) and the Global Feed & Food (GFFC) Congress Series,” Cutait said. “We have to support sustainable livestock production and intensive farming, innovation and technology and fair trade. Feed is part of the solution.”

Joel Newman, IFIF chairman-elect for 2016-17, highlighted that, looking 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 efforts on feed and food safety at the Codex Alimentarius,” Newman said.

Daniela Battaglia, livestock development officer at the animal production and health division of the FAO, said: “FAO and IFIF have a longstanding 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.”