IFIF welcomes closer cooperation of feed sector at 2nd ASEAN Feed Summit

The International Feed Industry Federation joined key Southeast Asian Feed Associations

The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) joined key Southeast Asian Feed Associations at the 2nd Victam International ASEAN Feed Summit to discuss critical feed safety, security and sustainability issues facing the region in 2016 and beyond and how they can work together.

The 2nd ASEAN Feed Summit, organized by the Victam Foundation and moderated by Alexandra de Athayde, IFIF’s Executive Director, brought together senior feed regulators and industry representatives from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Taken together, these countries produce over 70 million tons of compound animal feed annually.

Ms. de Athayde welcomed “the opportunity for IFIF to join this important Summit, which underlined once again that there are common challenges in the region that the ASEAN bloc can work on jointly for the benefit of all with the aim to have a unified voice in the feed sector.” Ms. de Athayde recognized participants for their important efforts to ensure safe feed and food in their countries and added “that only by working together at regional and global level with all stakeholders on the agri-food chain can we continue to ensure feed and food safety, while meeting the global demands for 60% more food by 2050 safely and sustainably.”

During the discussion a number of relevant issues were identified for further potential cooperation, including capacity development for feed safety, sustainability, efforts towards regulatory harmonization, and standards development to facilitate trade and production at regional and international level.