The major challenge for the global dairy sector is how to help nourish a growing population in a sustainable way. The International Dairy Federation is convinced that dairy will be an important source of safe and sustainable nutrition in the years to come. In the Netherlands we are well aware that dairy can only play this role in close collaboration with the global community, including both governmental and non-governmental organizations.
There is no doubt that differences of opinion on the role of dairy in nutrition and sustainability, do exist. Centuries of close collaboration and interdependence to reclaim and defend our country from the sea have deeply embedded engagement and dialogue between opposing views in the Dutch culture.
Through the IDF World Dairy Summit 2016 we aim to make a difference by facilitating dialogue with stakeholders of the global dairy sector, including views from outside, on how dairy can sustainably contribute to feeding 9 billion people.