Dairy trends – International Dairy Magazine – July 2019- English edition
Until now, food transparency and food traceability have never been as high on the agenda of the EU and international food institutions as on the one hand, consumers want to hear more “natural” stories and eat more natural food. On the other hand, dairy key players feel we are slightly moving towards a movement of “consciousness” about the planet we live on and the people we live, work or spend fun moments with. Are you ready for the challenge?
EU-AFRICA – Spotlight on African agriculture
On March 2019, Africa was in the spotlight at the Agriculture Department of the EU in Brussels. A multidisciplinary task force working on rural Africa shared an agenda with some insights to help farmers, cooperatives, civil society and private sector for a responsible investment and sustainable development in Africa.
According to Will Schulz-Greve, Head of Unit of DG Agriculture and Rural Development, “In Africa, 75% of the labour force comes from agriculture, and its population will reach 2.5 billion in 2050. So the EU has to reinforce its collaboration to help create around 1 million jobs per month and feed its people”.
Today, 40% of foreign investment comes from Europe (representing €22 billion) and EU agrifood exports – mainly to Sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa.
Between 2018 and 2020, private sector will inject the sum of €9 billion for Sustainable Development in environment (projects related to the land, water and energy), agriculture, and R&D, collaborating with all stakeholders of the food system.Source: EU-African rural taskforce report
According to the report, most EU milk powder goes to Algeria and Egypt, much less is exported to Nigeria and other West African countries, and an even smaller amount to other countries in sub-Saharan Africa. According to Rodrigo de La Puerta, Director of FAOLOB─FAO Liaison Office in Brussels:
- “More than 32 million sub-Saharan people are undernourished and together with food security, unemployment, and rural migration.
- 9 out of every 10 African migrants remain on the African continent .
- Child labour and climate change these are the main challenges Africa face today”.
The European Commission will start implementing the following projects:
- a Pilot Vocational Education and training initiative with Africa of €5 million.
- a platform linking European and African businesses will be created, to help identify challenges and opportunities for private investment and trade.
- innovation hubs will be set to support ‘agripreneurs’ and the African agri-food sector, involving researchers, educational entities and farmers.
MILK OR PLANTS? And the winner is…
Globally, dairy producers and manufacturers complain about the usage of the term “milk” in drinks based on plant-based products. According to the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA), milk consumption among US consumers have decreased by 40% since 1975, as well as its price. However, drinks based on coconut, oats, rice, almond, soy or cashew have soared over the last years. Consumers become sensitive to the health benefits of natural ingredients, due to possible intolerance to lactose and allergies and as well due to the new trend of “natural lifestyle” shared in social media and by the media.
However, there is no scientific evidence that proves plant-based products are better than milk. Here is an overview shared by the Department of Bioresource Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Studies in September 2017.
More info about the report here: https://bit.ly/30zt7P8
Articles below are published at the “Dairy Trends” section of the BtoB dairy trade magazine “International Dairy Magazine” – English edition – July 2019
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