Please find information about the six active organizations which committed to the Global Dairy Agenda for Action at the World Dairy Summit in Berlin, Germany.
The organizations include Eastern and Southern African Dairy Association (ESADA); European Dairy Association (EDA); Federacion Panamericana de Lecheria (FEPALE); Global Dairy Platform (GDP); International Dairy Federation (IDF); Sustainable Agricultural Initiative Platform (SAI Platform).
The International Dairy Federation (IDF)
The International Dairy Federation (IDF) is a non-profit private sector organization representing the interests of various stakeholders in dairying at the international level.
It was founded in 1903. To date, IDF is represented in 56 countries and its membership, whichaccounts for about 86% of the world’s total milk production is growing.
Pan American Dairy Federation (FEPALE)
At the Pan American Dairy Congress held in 1991, an initiative was proposed to create an organization that would bring the dairy sector of the Americas together. The Pan-American Dairy Federation was founded on the 26th of November that same year.
The purpose of its creation was to unite skills, capacities, talents and resources conjugated in the same direction: To promote the industry’s development through the identification of common interests, and to act as a forum connecting the dairy chain institutions.
Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform
The food industry is the biggest purchaser of agricultural raw materials therefore it can play a significant role in how these are grown.
Long before today’s dramatic global scenario of surging food prices and consequent impacts unveiled, three companies among the biggest food industries, Danone, Nestlé and Unilever, were already aware that in order to rely on a constant, increasing and safe supply of agricultural raw materials, these must be grown in a sustainable manner. This is why, in 2002, they founded the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform, a non-profit organization created to communicate worldwide and to actively support the development of sustainable agriculture practices involving the different stakeholders of the food chain.
Global Dairy Platform (GDP)
Global Dairy Platform (GDP) is an international non-profit organisation that provides direction and drive to the dairy industry. It is the only organisation that connects CEOs, executives and researchers from corporations, communication and scientific bodies, and dairy industry advocates together to collaborate on worldwide dairy issues.
Based in Rosemont, IL, (a suburb of Chicago in the United States) and founded in 2006 by Fonterra, Campina, Dairy Farmers of America and Arla Foods, in alliance with the International Dairy Federation (IDF), GDP is focused on sustaining and expanding global demand for milk and dairy products.
European Dairy Association (EDA)
The EDA represents the interests of the European dairy industry towards the European institutions as well as towards the international bodies such as the Codex Alimentarius and the World Trade Organisation.
The EDA collects, relays and analyzes information, and coordinates and stimulates consensual coherent approaches by the European dairy industry to various European and international bodies in order to help them in making decisions.
Eastern and Southern African Dairy Association (ESADA)
The Eastern and Southern African Dairy Association (ESADA) is a regional dairy association of dairy stakeholders across the dairy value chain. It was founded in 2004 with the overall mission of increasing trade in African dairy products. From this end, ESADA has been actively lobbying for an improved policy environment conducive to regional and international trade, working closely with COMESA and EAC on the regional dairy policy agenda.
Additionally, ESADA assists members in the promotion and marketing of their products within the region and across the globe, as well as serve as a source of market information and capacity building for various stakeholders in the dairy industry.