# Issue 31, April 2020
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In this issue...

We report on DSF membership activities, a new research paper on dairy's impact on reducing global hunger, DSF activities during the Covid-19 pandemic and much more...

DSF Members' Community Activities during COVID-19

It is wonderful to hear from DSF members seeking and suggesting alternative ways to “stay connected”, whilst COVID-19 impacts the way we all go about our daily work and family activities.  The DSF Secretariat is pleased to announce that from May there will be two webinars per month for DSF Members to connect, hear about…

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DSF Members Reporting

Implementing and Aggregating Members have been submitting their reporting data for 2019 to the DSF Secretariat.  We appreciate that this is particularly challenging this year with most now working from home often juggling work with childcare!  We value greatly those who have managed to report so far and remind those that have not yet reported…

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DSF Members Meeting

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With the unfortunate, though understandable, news that the International Dairy Federation World Dairy Summit planned for the first week of October this year has been cancelled, the DSF Members meeting is also now affected.
The Secretariat is working closely with the DSF Member Development Group to…

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ILRI trains East Africa officials on measurement of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock systems


The largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture is livestock production.  But global estimates of these emissions are based on emission factors from developed countries.  There is limited data on emissions from livestock systems…

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Dairy Roadmap joins as the DSF aggregating member for the UK

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The UK Dairy Roadmap has recently signed up as the UK DSF aggregating member on behalf of the UK dairy industry, pledging its commitment to global…

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Dairy Sector submission to the UNFCCC, Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture

Some of you will be aware of the extremely important initiative under the UNFCCC known as the Koronivia Joint Work Program on Agriculture.

After the DSF presented at a Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security (CCAFS) meeting in the Autumn of 2019, the DSF and Global dairy platform were requested by the UNFCCC Secretariat…

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New Research Paper on Dairy’s Impact on Reducing Global Hunger is Published

In conjunction with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock and the IFCN Dairy Network, Global Dairy Platform (GDP) has published the second research paper in a series on how dairy can help with socio-economic challenges articulated in the UN…

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Coronavirus and Climate Change

There have been numerous articles and debates on social media about the correlation between Covid-19 and climate change.  Here is just a small selection that you may not have seen.

COVID-19: Our hungriest, most vulnerable communities face “a crisis within a crisis” – FAO News  Even before COVID-19 hit, 113 million people on the…

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Covid-19: Resources for the Dairy Sector

The global dairy sector is taking the impact of COVID-19 extremely seriously.  The IDF, who are a member of the DSF Board and also Chair the DSF Advisory Council, has a web page that will be updated on a regular basis with the global dairy sector responses to COVID-19 and practical support.

Food for thought - three articles of interest
  • Could the EAT-Lancet diet really save 10 million lives?  Researchers question report – FoodNavigator.com
  • The fish farmer growing seaweed to feed cows & save the planet – Goodfood.com.au
  • Five trends shaping the global dairy industry in 2020 – Foodbev.com

Could the EAT-Lancet diet really save 10 million lives? Researchers question…

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Upcoming Events

  • 26th Steering Committee Meeting of the LEAP Partnership - Virtual meeting - 5 May 2020
  • World Milk Day - 1 June & Enjoy Dairy Rally 29 - 31 May.2020
  • Global Dairy Platform’s 14th Annual Meeting - 25 Sept 2020 - originally scheduled at the IDF Summit in Cape Town, will now be held online on the same day. Please continue to hold this date in your diaries.
  • DSF Virtual Members Meeting - 26 Sept 2020-  details to follow soon

And finally...Stay safe and be healthy! with best wishes from the DSF Secretariat.
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