The Russian invasion of Ukraine has upended global food supply chains, raised prices for inputs, energy, and finished food products, and exacerbated nutrition insecurity in countries around the world. Following a meeting this week in the Washington, D.C. offices of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), leaders of the European Dairy Association (EDA) and IDFA issued a joint statement condemning the war in Ukraine and pledging to continue to work together.
“The dairy processing associations of the United States and Europe condemn the war in Ukraine as a result of Russia’s brutal invasion. We join the international community in calling for peace and the preservation of human rights for the people of a sovereign, independent Ukraine,” the groups stated. “Russia’s attack on Ukraine and damage to critical lines of commerce has shocked our global food supply chain and heightened the specter of famine and hunger for the world’s most vulnerable citizens.”
The crisis, the groups said, requires ongoing humanitarian action and support by our respective governments and civil society organizations. “IDFA and EDA are committed to keeping lines of communication open between our two organizations, and we will continue to work together to provide nutritious dairy products to people around the globe who are facing rising prices, food shortages, and hunger.”
IDFA is based in Washington, D.C., and led by President and CEO Michael Dykes, D.V.M. EDA is based in Brussels, Belgium and led by President Giuseppe Ambrosi. Gr