Rome(Italy) – The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) during their annual meeting on 8 and 9 November 2018 to further strengthen their collaboration on critical issues to ensure safe, nutritious and sustainable feed and food.
Mr.Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director-General for Agriculture and Consumer Protection, highlighted the importance of private partnerships to support the FAO goals to the IFIF delegates representing over 80 percent of global compound feed production. The meeting was officially opened by Dr. Berhe G. Tekola, Director of the FAO Animal Production and Health Division and Dr. Daniel Bercovici, 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.
“Our joint meeting with the FAO once again underlined our strong partnership and IFIF is committed to continue to support the FAO initiatives on capacity development for feed safety, the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock and LEAP, as well joint efforts on feed and food safety at the Codex Alimentarius. IFIF looks forward to our upcoming 6th Global Feed & Food Congress and 12th International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM) in Bangkok on 11-14 March 2019, which is another great example of IFIF FAO collaboration positively impacting the feed and food chain,” said Daniel Bercovici, chairman of IFIF.
Bercovici added that with the dedicated colleagues at the FAO IFIF can contribute to building a solid science-based approach to support safe and sustainable animal nutrition to bring quality and affordable food to a growing world population. “Producing more with less and even better under diverse production systems is our challenge. The high quality of exchanges and cooperation towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals continue to build on our achievements and together with all IFIF members I am pleased our relationship continues to strengthen year to year,” says the IFIF chairman.
According to Daniela Battaglia, Animal Production Officer at the Animal Production and Health Division of the FAO, the need for capacity development to ensure feed safety and the importance of collaborating to tackle the containment of antimicrobial resistance are important issues to address together. “FAO is committed to work with the private sector and the 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.”