DairyNZ, the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand (DCANZ) and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have today endorsed the Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam, marking New Zealand’s commitment towards global sustainable dairy development.
The Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam signals both a commitment towards feeding the world with safe and sustainable products, and enhancing sustainability.
The signatories are the International Dairy Federation (IDF) and the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), who signed the Declaration during the World Dairy Summit in 2016.
“We are pleased to endorse the Declaration today as a signal of strong support for the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and for the important role of the dairy sector in the global community’s efforts toward sustainable development,” says Kimberly Crewther, Executive Director of DCANZ.
“We look forward to working with all IDF and FAO members to deliver the outcomes in the Declaration and its Sustainable Development Goals.”
The Declaration highlights a number of areas where the dairy sector can support the achievement of its Sustainable Development Goals from an economic, social, environmental and health perspective—all are priorities for New Zealand.
This includes collaborative efforts to find innovative solutions and build the capacity to develop sustainable food systems and resilient agricultural practices.
“New Zealand is engaged in collective global efforts to promote the efficient use of natural resources and combat climate change, such as the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases and the Global Dairy Agenda for Action,” says MPI Director-General Martyn Dunne.
“We welcome the support expressed in the Declaration to meeting the needs of rural farming families,” says Tim Mackle, Chief Executive of DairyNZ.
“The Declaration also recognises the major economic contribution that dairy makes to realising the sustainable development aspirations of farmers and communities around the world.”
New Zealand is committed to eliminating distortions from global agricultural markets, such as subsidies and trade barriers that can hamper food security, prevent farmers from receiving the full value of their products and raise food costs for consumers.
“Dairy remains one of the most protected and distorted sectors of global trade,” says Kimberly Crewther.
“We also welcome the Declaration’s focus on the social and health dimensions of dairy and its role in a balanced, nutritious and healthy diet.
“As a leader in the production of safe and sustainable dairy nutrition we’ll continue to work to support the global development of science-based standards, policies and practices for food safety and improved health outcomes.”