ANTALYA, TURKEY — Mehmet Danis, Turkey’s deputy minister for agriculture on April 18 officially opened the 5th Global Feed & Food Congress (GFFC) in Antalya, Turkey, More than 900 international delegates are attending the event.

It is organized by the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) in cooperation with the European Feed Manufacturers' Federation (FEFAC) and hosted by the Turkish Feed Manufacturers' Association (TÜRK?YEM-B?R), with technical support provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 

Joel Newman, IFIF chairman; Ruud Tijssens, FEFAC president; Ulku Karakus, president of TÜRK?YEM-B?R; and Yuriko Shoji, FAO Subregional Coordinator for Central Asia and FAO Representative for Turkey, joined Danis to open the congress.

In his opening remarks, Danis underlined the importance of the agricultural sector both for Turkey and the world, as a vital part of the economy as well as of society. He added that the 5th Global Feed & Food Congress with the theme ‘Equity and Prosperity for all’ is an effort to explore key topics that will drive a more equitable production and distribution of food worldwide.

“The next two days are an important opportunity for industry, experts and governments to come together to discuss critical issues affecting all of us, including sustainability, food security, trade, regulations and innovation and R&D,” said Newman. “The theme of the 5th GFFC, ‘Equity and Prosperity for all,’ reflects our shared vision to provide safe, affordable, nutritious and sustainable animal protein sources for an expanding global population of 9 billion people by 2050.”

Over 70 speakers, including chief executive officers, leaders, and experts from global feed and food companies, international organizations and the scientific community, will provide their insights and expertise at the GFFC sessions and workshops that cover the whole feed manufacturing and food processing value chain, with a special focus on sustainability, markets and trade, global regulations and trade facilitation, biosecurity along the feed and food chain, animal nutrition, innovation and R&D.

Addressing the challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050, Karakus said, “The 5th GFFC theme ‘Equity and prosperity for all’ underlines the need to address fair growth in livestock and poultry production. Turkey is a main bridge between Europe, Asia and Africa in terms of trade, transportation and transport of energy sources and is well positioned to support efforts to meet the increased future demand for feed and food in Turkey and in the region.”

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