GDP Bulletin August / September 2020

FAO Director-General to Speak
at 2020 GDP Annual Meeting

Mr. Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), will be the keynote speaker for GDP’s 14th Annual Meeting, being held virtually on September 24, 2020. He joins a strong lineup of speakers who will discuss a variety of topics that are critical to the global dairy sector, including:

    • The impact of COVID-19
    • The UN Food Systems Summit in 2021
    • The socio-economic impact of dairy
    • Environmental Sustainability
    • Dairy Nourishes Africa

2020 GDP Annual Meeting Agenda

The meeting will be conducted twice in order to accommodate a variety of time zones. If you haven’t already, please register using one of the following links depending upon which meeting time is more convenient for you:

06:00 – 09:30 US Central Time:

16:00 – 19:30 US Central Time:

DSF Releases First Reporting Results

The Dairy Sustainability Framework (DSF), which aligns, connects and tracks the sustainability progress of approximately 30% of global milk production, has announced its first reporting results. They include seven of 11 total criteria covering environmental, economic and social sustainability factors (the remaining criteria were launched in 2019 and will be reported on later this year).

The data included in this report are from 2018 and were reported by DSF members during 2019.

The year 2018 is part of the transition period with DSF members who are working to align existing as well as implement new programs that incorporate the Indicator Metrics.

For questions:

2018 DSF Report

GASL to Conduct Series of Meetings to Discuss COVID-19 Lessons

The Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL) will hold a series of online meetings in September to explore the impact of COVID-19, and the role livestock must play in creating a more sustainable food system. “From Crisis to Action: Lessons from COVID-19 for Building a Better Future through Sustainable Livestock” will feature six regional preparatory meetings August 31 – September 15, culminating in a global multi-stakeholder meeting September 14-18.

The regional meetings will assess the local impact of COVID-19 on food and nutrition security, livelihoods and economic growth, animal health and welfare, and climate and resource use. They will also identify short, medium and long-term options on how the livestock sector can improve its response in the future. GDP Executive Director Donald Moore will host the preparatory meeting for the North America region on September 2.

During the global meeting, attendees will assess the diversity of opportunities and challenges from COVID-19, and strategize how the livestock sector can develop more sustainable food systems and stronger food security outcomes.

Anyone engaged in sustainable livestock systems, including producers, processors, researchers, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations is encouraged to attend.

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

For more information, meeting agendas, and to register for both the regional preparatory sessions and the global meeting:

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

Sept. 23, 2020

Dairy Sustainability Framework Annual Members Meeting

Sept. 24, 2020

GDP Annual Meeting

GDP Bulletin August / September 2020

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