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.
Meet the IFCN Team from Kiel
What we are doing?
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
Our Mission & Values
We help people in the dairy world with dairy data, knowledge and inspiration to make better decisions.
Trust and confidence
are the keys for an operating network and sharing information
from any third party and political neutrality are key
Truth and transparency
We describe realities and provide advices without hidden agendas
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