GDP Bulletin: August 2019

Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock Meeting to be held at Kansas State University

The 9th Annual Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL) Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Meeting will be held 9-13 September 2019 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS.  This year’s meeting, themed “Innovation for Sustainable Livestock Systems,” marks the first time it has been held at an academic institution. It is also the first time the United States has hosted the event.

GASL is a partnership of livestock stakeholders committed to the sustainable development of the sector. It builds consensus on the path towards sustainability and catalyzes coherent and collective practice change through dialogue, consultation and joint analysis.

The meeting will include presentations, panels, posters, field tours and discussion, highlighting examples from throughout the world on innovative solutions to address sustainable livestock production and agrifood systems. Anyone engaged in sustainable livestock systems, including producers, researchers, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations is encouraged to attend. The meeting is sponsored by GDP, the Innovation Center for US Dairy, and the US Department of Agriculture, among others.

GDP Dairy Ambassadors Advocate for Dairy at UN High-Level Political Forum

Global Dairy Platform’s (GDP) Dairy Ambassadors, sector leaders who represent dairy at United Nations (UN) meetings, attended last month’s High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) at the UN Headquarters in New York City.

The UN, which is the largest intergovernmental organization in the world, sets the global agenda on issues related to trade, economic development, food security, nutrition, agriculture, and more. The participation of Dairy Ambassadors at these important discussions allows the dairy sector to join the conversation and communicate our commitment to and role in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The HLPF session, themed “Empowering People and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality,” featured an in-depth review of a number of SDGs.

In addition to participating in a variety of events, Dairy Ambassadors also held meetings with 16 member states from across the globe, focusing on the contributions of the dairy sector to the SDGs.

Current GDP Dairy Ambassadors include:

  • Simon Simonsen, Arla Foods
  • Jonas Carlgren, Arla Foods
  • Jackie Klippenstein, Dairy Farmers of America
  • Mary Knigge, Dairy Farmers of America
  • Julia Robbins, Dairy Farmers of America
  • Leonie Guiney, Fonterra Cooperative Group
  • Atze Schaap, FrieslandCampina
  • Sandra Addink-Berendsen, FrieslandCampina
  • Judith Bryans, International Dairy Federation and Dairy UK
  • Jerry Kaminski, Land O’Lakes
  • John Ellenberger, Land O’Lakes
  • Margaret Munene, Palmhouse Dairies
GDP Dairy Ambassadors at HLPF From Left: Mumbi Munene (Emerging Ag), Margaret Munene, Simon Simonsen, Mary Knigge, Jerry Kaminski
GDP Dairy Ambassador Julia Robbins speaking at HLPF

Dairy Sector – A Snapshot


1 billion people strong


600 million people living on farms


400 million additional people are supported by the full time jobs that are created in support of dairy farming


240 million people are employed, directly or indirectly, in the dairy sector


133 million dairy farms


37 million farms led by women, 80 million women employed in dairying

Important Dates for the Dairy Diary

September 20

GDP Annual Meeting, Istanbul

September 23 – 26

IDF World Dairy Summit, Istanbul

May 4 – 5

GDP/IMP Marketing Communications Meeting, Zurich

GDP Bulletin August 2019

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