BRUSSELS, BELGIUM — The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) on Nov. 24 joined key livestock sector partners to welcome the call for action to end malnutrition and sustainably feed the world by UN FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva at the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) in Rome organized jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

IFIF, together with the International Meat Secretariat (IMS), the International Dairy Federation (IDF), the International Poultry Council (IPC) and the International Egg Commission (IEC) pledged their support to end malnutrition and continue efforts to sustainably feed a growing world population, highlighting the important role of livestock in nutrition security.

Dr. Graziano da Silva welcomed the livestock sector and other private sector representatives ahead of ICN2, and highlighted the importance of public-private partnerships to support nutrition and sustainable production and to combat malnutrition. Alexandra de Athayde, IFIF executive director, said:  The livestock sector is ready to continue to collaborate and strengthen sustainable food production and to help contribute to dietary quality and nutrient adequacy around the world through the provision of safe, affordable, nutritious and sustainable feed and food.”

She added: “We are pleased IFIF together with our livestock sector partners were able to provide input into the ICN2 Framework for Action and we are committed to support efforts to eradicate hunger and prevent malnutrition.”

The ICN2 brought together representatives from over 170 governments who affirmed their commitment to establish national policies aimed at eradicating malnutrition in all its forms and transforming food systems to make nutritious diets available to all. Governments adopted the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and the Framework for Action, which sets out recommendations for policies and programs for governments to address nutrition across multiple sectors and which included inputs from civil society and the private sector.