Blog: Dairy farmers "not afraid" of sustainability challenges
Sam Webb | 18 October 2011
There have been a lot of worrying news reports about food security recently so it has been reassuring to hear positivity about what producers can do to help feed a rapidly growing population.
Key stakeholders in the dairy industry gathered in Parma, Italy, at the World Dairy Summit (WDS) over the weekend to discuss how to meet the nutritional demands of a growing middle class in emerging markets and a spike in the population of sub-Sahara Africa and other regions.
Wesley Judd, an Australian dairy farmer, said the challenges the industry faces in ramping up production are extensive, such as inefficiency in supply chains and fragile agricultural system, but they can be overcome.
He said: "We need to acknowledge we have the ability to change and not ever forget that, from a production point of view, we are able to overtake these issues."
Elsewhere at the WDS, Tetra Pak CEO Dennis Jonsson spoke about the challenges in developing markets and the challenges and opportunities presented by consolidation in the dairy sector.
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