The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and the U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) held their 15th annual meeting Oct. 6-7 at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, to further strengthen their collaboration on critical issues to ensure safe, nutritious and sustainable feed and food.
Dr. Berhe Tekola, director of the FAO Animal Production & Health Division, officially opened the meeting by welcoming delegates and highlighting the importance of private partnerships to support FAO's strategic goals.
IFIF chairman Joel Newman reiterated IFIF’s commitment to this long-standing partnership and noted that, “together with the dedicated colleagues at FAO, we have achieved very important milestones, including the Feed Manual of Good Practices for the Feed Industry, the International Feed Regulators meetings and the Global Feed & Food Congress Series.”
Daniela Battaglia, livestock development officer at the FAO Animal Production & Health Division, said, “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 and the importance of collaborating to tackle the issue of antimicrobial resistance. FAO is committed to working 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.”“Our joint meeting underlined that IFIF is committed to continue to support 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" Commission, Newman said, adding that IFIF looks forward to the 10th International Feed Regulators Meeting in Atlanta, Ga., in January 2017, "which is another great example of FAO/IFIF collaboration positively impacting the feed and food chain.”
IFIF is made up of national and regional feed associations, feed-related organizations and corporate members from around the globe, representing more than 80% of total feed production worldwide. IFIF provides a unified voice and leadership to represent and promote the global feed industry as an essential participant in the food chain that provides sustainable, safe, nutritious and affordable food for a growing world population.