IFCN started in 2000 as the International Farm Comparison Network uniting research partners via the in-depth analysis of the typical dairy farming systems around the world.
The network relies on the main pillars of the IFCN Research Partners, IFCN Supporting Partners and the IFCN Dairy Research Center managing the network, data and knowledge from Kiel, Germany.
IFCN Dairy Data
Dairy sector analysis
national and global analysis of milk production, consumption, trade and the related drivers.
Milk price analysis
global dairy commodity prices, local farm gate milk prices and price transmission schemes
Dairy chain analysis
analyzing the dairy value chain from the farmer through the consumer with a key focus is on the margins in the chain.
Dairy policy analysis
As policy is one of the key drivers in the dairy sector the IFCN has a set of tools to quantify the impacts of different policies.
IFCN Farm Analysis
Analysis of the cost of milk production: worldwide comparison of micro-economic results such as cost of milk production, returns, profitability and productivities of dairy farms and the drivers behind them.
Sustainability of milk production
tools to evaluate the sustainability of dairy farming systems, which also covers social and environmental indicators such as greenhouse gas emissions by different farm types
Dairy farm structure analysis
monitoring dairy farm numbers and farm size developments.
IFCN Dairy Outlook
Long- and short-term dairy outlook for the world and around 200 countries individually.
Dairy region development
The IFCN has experience to support regional dairy development and the identification of future strategies.
Create a better understanding of the dairy world by providing comparable data, knowledge and inspiration.
Trust among the IFCN Partners is vital for sharing,cooperation and a network that really works
IFCN is independent from third parties and is a politically-neutral knowledge provider
Truth means for IFCN to show the dairy world as it is and as accurately as we can measure it