The International Dairy Federation (IDF), representative of the global dairy sector and source of scientific dairy expertise, has welcomed Russia and Kenya as its newest official members, raising the total number of states in the federation to 43.
According to IDF, the federation now represents over 75% of the world’s milk supply, indicating the increasing country awareness of the importance and value of IDF.
Since 1903, the IDF has provided a mechanism for the dairy sector to reach global consensus on policies, practices and regulations to ensure the world’s dairy products are safe and sustainable.
As members of IDF, Kenya and Russia will benefit from being part of the network of dairy experts, by collaborating with members on important issues and opportunities facing the global dairy industry, fostering partnerships and promoting policy dialogue.
The IDF national committee in Russia will be led by Belov Artyom, CEO of the Russian National Dairy Processors Union, while Margaret Kibogy, managing director of the Kenya Dairy Board, will head the national committee in Kenya.
Kibogy said: “The Kenya dairy industry is a major socio-economic activity benefiting a wide range of stakeholders.
“Through this membership, the country will benefit from the engagement, knowledge sharing through the global platform. We will also play an active role in to discussion in the platform together with other industry players.”
President of the IDF Dr Judith Bryans said: “We’re very happy to welcome both Russia and Kenya into the IDF membership. We look forward to working with them on the key issues facing the global dairy sector today.
“Having these countries at the table alongside our other members is incredibly important adding even more strength to our global voice, knowledge and expertise.”
Dr Bryans added: “In welcoming these two new members into its community, IDF is further demonstrating its valuable and ever-growing reach, ambition and influence within the global dairy sector.”
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