GDP Bulletin March / April 2022

Pathways to Dairy Net Zero
Continues to Gain Momentum

The global dairy sector launched Pathways to Dairy Net Zero last year to demonstrate its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while continuing to provide nutritious foods for six billion people and livelihoods for one billion.

Since then, nearly 100 leading organizations have declared their support for this important climate initiative, including the 10 largest dairy companies in the world. Collectively, they represent more than 30% of global milk production. Your organization can join this growing movement as an implementer that takes direct action on GHG mitigation, or as a supporter of the initiative’s principles.

To view the list of supporters:

To view the declaration:

Other key updates include:

  • A comprehensive research program is underway to develop GHG mitigation pathways for a variety of dairy production systems.  The work, which is being led by the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), includes the development of pathways, tools and methodologies needed to transform climate action commitments into positive, practical actions. The research will finalize the identification and definitions of dairy system typologies, develop GHG mitigation/reduction options and estimate the climate impacts of these options for each system, and estimate baseline emissions (2015) from the global sector and project emissions to 2050.

To view the meeting recording:

Learn More:

The steering group behind Pathways to Dairy Net Zero includes GDP, IDF, Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform, Dairy Sustainability Framework, IFCN Dairy Research Network, and the International Livestock Research Institute. GRA is the initiative’s knowledge partner, with strong support from FAO.

For more information on Pathways to Dairy Net Zero:

2022 GDP / IMP Annual Marketing Meeting
to be held June 5-7 in Zürich

GDP and the International Milk Promotion Group will conduct their annual marketing meeting in Zürich, Switzerland, June 5-7, 2022. Designed for marketing and communications professionals working for commercial companies and industry associations within the global dairy sector, this important meeting will focus on how dairy can improve communication effectiveness on key sustainability issues. In addition, meeting content will include how organizations can leverage the Pathways to Dairy Net Zero climate initiative in local markets.

The agenda will feature expert speakers, panel discussions, knowledge sharing, best practice demonstrations, and networking opportunities.

Tentative Agenda:

Sunday, 5 June (18:00 – 21:00) Welcome Reception

Monday, 6 June (8:00 – 17:00) Business Meetings, Followed by
Group Dinner

Tuesday, 7 June (8:00 – 14:00) Business Meetings

Historic city of Zurich with river Limmat, Switzerland

To register:

Dairy Nourishes Africa Receives
Funding from Gates Foundation

Dairy Nourishes Africa (DNA), a GDP-founded initiative that demonstrates the positive impact the global dairy sector can have in helping to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges, has received scale-up funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The $3.2 million grant will be administered by the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank to support a three-year work program focused on farmer-allied processors as linchpins for driving transformational improvement. DNA connects local, underutilized and inefficient resources with the expertise of the global dairy sector to deliver economic, environmental and societal change.

GDP works closely with Land O’Lakes Venture37 and Bain & Company as implementation partners for the DNA project.

For more information or to join this effort, contact:

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

GDP Bulletin March / April 2022

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