CFS 43 Side Event
Sustainable Dairy Goals: Achieving the Sustainable Development goals — the Role of the Dairy Sector
Friday, October 21, 13:00 to 14:30
Philippines Room: Bldg C Floor 2 capacity 61
Permanent Representation of Ireland, First Secretary
Ayak Chol Deng Alak,
Consultant, Vestergaard Frandsen (South Sudan)
Nico van Belzen,
Director General, International Dairy Federation (Belgium)
Economist, International Livestock Research Institute (Kenya)
CEO, DairyUK (UK)
Senior Vice President Global Categories, Arla Foods (Denmark)
CEO, Global Dairy Platform (USA)
View the photos from this side event here.
Dairy is a valuable input to a resilient, sustainable food system including nutrition assets that are critical for ensuring long-term health of a growing global population. Given its nutrient-rich package, dairy has the ability to provide the world's population not just basic nutrition, but better nutrition. For developed and developing countries, dairy has the potential to reinvigorate rural economies, providing sustainable livelihoods for smallholder farmers and a resilient source of economic growth. Dairy can make a significant contribution towards meeting the challenges of nutritional security, sustainability and reduction in diseases related to poor quality diet.
The side-event showcased concrete examples of projects in the dairy sector that have addressed multiple challenges through social, organizational and technological innovations at the nexus between the SDGs, climate change and ICN2 objectives.
Key Themes & Discussion Points
Damien Kelly, Permanent Representation of Ireland, First Secretary: As the event chair, Damien Kelly started the discussion by stating that “Innovation is never far from the dairy sector.”
Donald Moore, CEO, Global Dairy Platform (US): Dairy is an essential sector, with over 6 billion people consuming dairy on a regular basis around the world. Farmers care for over 363 million dairy cattle, with 99.7% of dairy herds being under 100 cows each. The Global Dairy Platform (GDP) encourages innovative research so consumers can continue to value naturally nutritious dairy products. GDP works in partnership with CEOs, researchers, and scientific/communication bodies to align and support the dairy industry in the promotion of sustainable dairy nutrition.
Ayak Chol Deng Alak, Consultant, Vestergaard Frandsen (South Sudan): ZeroFly Livestock program is a new option for Fly Control from Vestergaard. ZeroFly Screen is the first insecticide-incorporated screen that keeps livestock healthy and productive by reducing the impact of nuisance and biting flies. This program directly contributes to the eradication of extreme poverty & hunger and to environmental sustainability by increasing the farmer’s milk quality by reducing contamination from the flies.
Nico van Belzen, Director General, International Dairy Federation (Belgium): Nico van Belzen reviewed the Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam, signed between IDF and FAO. He also discussed investments that promote a sustainable development of the livestock industry can contribute towards several SDGs.
Isabelle Baltenweck, Economist, International Livestock Research Institute (Kenya): Isabelle Baltenweck highlighted that smallholders dominate livestock production in many countries. Not only does milk matter for good nutrition, and improved livelihoods of smallholder farmers, but it also has the ability to positively impact climate-change and gender equality through empowering women to manage dairy farms.
Judith Bryans, CEO, DairyUK (UK): Judith Bryans discussed the importance of dairy programs within schools. Over 140 million children world-wide get to benefit from school milk programs. Bryans also highlighted that dairy has a key role to play in the industry to deliver good nutrition.
Hanne Sondergaard, Senior Vice President Global Categories, Arla Foods (Denmark): Hanne Sondergaard stated that we need a clear mindset to create a common and sustainable growth opportunity within the dairy sector. Arla Foods aims to promote a healthy and sustainable future. Their partnership with EAT increases their focus on health and sustainability.
The side-event encouraged informed debate about dairy and its role in the livestock sector and in global healthy diets. Participants discussed a number of sustainability initiatives in the dairy industry, such as nutritional benefits of dairy products, reducing carbon emissions for cows, managing healthy cattle and good animal care, and improving dairy farmers’ livelihoods.
Global Dairy Platform (PSM)
International Dairy Federation