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On June 10-14 the conference, themed “Dairy development: past, present and future” brought together 98 participants representing 43 countries from all continents. The institutions delegating their representatives encompassed universities, research centers, dairy boards and associations, private and public sector representatives, consultants and farmers.

The key questions of interest for participants were to find out about the short and long-term dairy sector developments and importantly what is coming up in the next year. Also high on the agenda was to share the work and perspectives of each other with such diverse backgrounds. The special focus on dairy development in turn prompted many participants representing various stakeholders to make sure the voice of all groups is heard, from smallholder farmers to international organizations.

The IFCN Research Centre shared perspectives and results on the world dairy landscape, developments and outlook prospects. Representatives of FAO and ILRI elaborated on the roles of dairy, the importance to consider the nexus while leading dairy businesses – Fonterra, Royal Friesland Campina, Tetra Laval FB and DMK – shared their international and national dairy developments programs and perception on dairy development.

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Impressions from the 18th IFCN Dairy Conference