The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) says there is need to urgently tackle the challenges militating against the provision of safe, affordable and nutritious sources of animal protein to the growing population.
The federation’s Chairman, Mr Daniel Bercovici, said in Lagos that the call became necessary because the world’s population was expected to reach nine billion people by 2050.
Bercovici said in a statement that the 2018 edition of the Global Feed & Food Congress (GFFC) of feed experts would deliberate on innovative solutions to the challenges in Bangkok, Thailand on March 11.
He said that the annual event, supported by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), would find solutions to feed & food safety, nutritional innovation, markets and trade and the future of farming systems, among others.
According to him, the theme of the congress is “The Future of Feed and Food — Are We Ready?’’
IFIF promotes the global feed industry as an essential participant in the food chain that provides sustainable, safe, nutritious and affordable food for a growing world population.
IFIF is made up of national and regional feed associations from Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, North and South America and the Middle East, as well feed related organisations and corporate members from around the globe.
Overall, IFIF members represent over 80% of total compound animal feed production worldwide.