Reducing the Dairy Sector’s Environmental Footprint

Since 2001 when the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) initiated World Milk Day, June 1st has become a global day to highlight the importance of dairy. The goal of World Milk Day is to raise public awareness about the importance of milk for enjoyment, nutrition, livelihoods and sustainability. Dairy provides key nutrients for growth especially in children. It also provides 1 billion people with direct and indirect jobs. Moreover, the global dairy sector has joined forces to reduce the sector’s emissions. This year, we invite everyone to join us in supporting climate change action in the industry.

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Youth Taking Action - PSM 2022 Youth Forums

Youth are truly the future of food.  That’s why we are continually working to include youth in global discussions about the food system and encourage young people to look at agriculture and food as a long-term career. 

Certainly I have learned, youth must take a central and leading role in shaping fair and equitable food systems around the world. Often they are the ones who see past old lines drawn in the agriculture sector to bright new ways to do things.  So we are helping give young people a platform to share innovative solutions and highlights ways we can better engage youth in the food system.

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Harnessing Innovation to Save Lives on World Malaria Day

Every year on April 25, the world comes together to raise awareness of malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that continues to have a devastating impact on the health and livelihoods of people around the world. Despite the considerable progress made in lowering the global malaria burden between 2000 and 2015, progress against the disease has stalled in recent years. 

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Sustaining Food Production and Trade in Crisis Situations

My heart goes out to all the people caught up in conflict and to people around the world facing uncertainty.

The Russia-Ukraine conflict has underscored the urgent need to place agricultural productivity and trade on the global agenda. Supply chain and logistical disruptions, restrictions on exports, and shortages in inputs supply pose a serious threat to food security. Already, international food prices are volatile, having reached an all-time high in February 2022 (FAO). The uncertainty of the intensity and duration of the conflict will worsen the situation further as the disruptions and restrictions persist and will affect the entire globe.

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Gender Equality in Agriculture for Sustainable Food Systems in a Changing Climate

Today is International Women’s Day when women worldwide are celebrated yet many women continue to face gender inequality especially in the agricultural sector. According to the FAO, 80% of the farmland in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia is managed by small-holder farmers and about 2.5 billion people in poor countries are employed within the agricultural sector. Most of these are women. Women make up 43% of the agricultural workforce in the Global South and an estimated 66% of livestock keepers yet many of them do not have land ownership right nor access to resources. This is a challenge which threatens global food security and the sustainability of food systems especially in rural areas where more people suffer from hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. 

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World Obesity Day 2022: Everybody Needs to Act

World Obesity Day is commemorated on March 4 every year to raise awareness on the condition. Obesity is now a global crisis that affects around 800 million people worldwide with millions more at risk. Almost one in every six adults worldwide is living with obesity. Once viewed as a problem for the most developed countries, obesity is rising on every continent with the largest increases now taking place in South Asia and parts of Africa – areas where there was previously minimal prevalence. If nothing is done to reverse the epidemic, 1 billion adults may become obese by 2030. Furthermore, it’s not just adult obesity rising on every continent but childhood obesity is growing too. At present, no country stands a chance of reaching its 2025 obesity targets. This is why everybody needs to act and if we all come together, we can achieve big things.

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Celebrating Canadian Agriculture

Happy Canadian Ag Day! Today February 22, we celebrate Canadian agriculture. Indeed, food and those who make it is always worth celebrating! Here in Canada, we have an ancient love for farmers and the food they produce. After all, Canadian farmers play a key role in Canada’s food chain and economy. They provide employment to over a quarter of a million people and produce enough food to feed the whole country as well as others overseas.

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Business Supports Nature-based Solutions

The United Nations Environment Assembly gathers every two years to discuss issues related to climate change and environmental protection. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) organizes the biannual event which designs policies and make recommendations to promote environmental sustainability. 

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The Dairy Industry’s Contribution to the Global Goals

For the first time in history, Global Goals Week has been held outside of the UN’s General Assembly in New York. Instead, the week, which aims to raise awareness of the 17 sustainable development goals and their importance for all people everywhere, has been inserted into Expo 2020 Dubai. Expo 2020 is an event aimed at promoting sustainability and this can be seen through its infrastructure made up of reusable construction materials and energy sources, of which half of it is renewable.

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Looking back on 2021

After a challenging 2020 filled with lockdowns and cancellations of in-person meetings as well as travel restrictions, we looked forward to a better year in 2021 and we were not disappointed! As we adjusted to a new normal filled with hybrid meetings or new travel requirements, we also welcomed all the exciting projects, conferences and achievements. Here are a few highlights: 

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