One of IFIF’s main aims is to facilitate meaningful dialogue around the issues of policy, education and technology as to how our industry participates in the production of a safe, nutritious, sustainable and affordable global food supply.
IFIF believes that only by working together with all stakeholders, including international organisations and partners along the feed and food chain, can we continue to ensure feed and food safety, while meeting the demands of 60% more food for 9 billion people by 2050 – and to do so sustainably.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) / IFIF Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
IFIF has a strong collaborative relationship with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) dating back many years, and in April 2005 the FAO and IFIF, recognising their common interest in promoting the safe supply of animal feed throughout the world, signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which continues to be the basis of collaboration between the two organisations.
IFIF and the FAO Animal Production and Health Division continue to organise the very successful annual International Feed Regulatory Meeting (IFRM), and the FAO provided critical technical support for the organisation of the 4th Global Feed & Food Congress, which was held in Sun City, South Africa, in April 2013.
IFIF’s relationship with the FAO continues to strengthen with IFIF’s participation in the FAO Global Agenda and as an official stakeholder in the Industry FAO Livestock Partnership (MUL) and the FAO’s Private Sector Initiative. IFIF will continue to be strongly engaged in these efforts. In addition, as global compound feed production continues to expand, especially in the developing world, IFIF and the FAO Statistics Division have agreed to collaborate on collecting, analysing and validating global feed statistics. IFIF and its members are excited about this collaboration and our joint effort should result in a harmonisation of global feed statistics.
IFIF collaboration with Codex Alimentarius as a Codex-recognized NGO
Feed safety is relevant to Codex Alimentarius Commission work as it impacts on the safety of food. IFIF has been actively involved in the development of the Codex Code of Practice of Good Animal Feeding and over the last three years has been a member of the ad hoc Codex Intergovernmental Task Force on Animal Feeding (TF AF).
As a Codex recognized NGO, IFIF continues to follow and input into in the work of the relevant Committees and participates in Codex Side Events addressing Feed Safety. Codex work on animal feed takes place in individual Committees (within their mandate) and the participation of feed experts in Codex work contributes to keep feed safety high on the Codex agenda.
IFIF Cooperation Agreement World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
In October 2012, IFIF signed a Cooperation Agreement with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), based in Paris, France. This agreement aims to facilitate and strengthen cooperation between the two organisations, in particular with the regards to the prevention and management of infectious diseases, including zoonotic disease, as well as the support for the development, updating and implementation of OIE standards and guidelines.
The cooperation further aims to strengthen links between feed safety and food safety. IFIF is excited about this important cooperation and looks forward to work closely with the OIE to contribute to improved animal health and productivity, which in the end leads to a positive contribution to public health.
Working with partners across the Agri-Food Chain
IFIF strongly believes all partners along the feed & food chain have to work together with the objective to find a common voice to address the challenges and opportunities in the agri chain and to ensure sustainable and safe food in the future. IFIF already works with other organisations representing the agri chain as part of the FAO LEAP Partnership, the Global Agenda of Action and the FAO Private Sector Initiative.
In addition for the 4th Global Feed & Food Congress in South Africa in April 2013, IFIF invited a number of partners from the feed & food chain as speakers and participants, including the International Dairy Federation (IDF), the International Meat Secretariat (IMS), the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH), and the The Marine Ingredients Organisation (IFFO).
IFIF is also a founding member of the the Livestock Sector Consortium (Private Sector Steering Committee – PSSC Livestock), which is made up of key organizations representing the global livestock sector, including the International Dairy Federation (IDF), the International Egg Commission (IEC), the International Meat Secretariat (IMS), the International Poultry Council (IPC), and the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF).
Together these organisations are committed to provide safe and sustainable feed and food for a growing world population and will continue to support responsibly produced foods and nutritionally adequate, healthy and affordable diets. Recognizing their responsibility, the livestock sector partners have been involved in a series of key multi-stakeholder partnerships, including the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock, which drives innovative food system solutions.