KENYA – The International Dairy Federation (IDF), the leading global source of science-based dairy expertise, has welcomed Russia and Kenya as official members of IDF, raising the overall number of member states within the Federation to 43 representing over 75% of the world’s milk supply.

“We’re very happy to welcome both Russia and Kenya into the IDF membership. We look forward to working with them on the key issues facing the global dairy sector today,’’ said Dr Judith Bryans President of the IDF.

“Having these countries at the table alongside our other members is incredibly important adding even more strength to our global voice, knowledge and expertise.” She added.

As members of IDF, Kenya and Russia will benefit from being part of a dynamic network of dairy experts whose aim it is to support and develop the global dairy sector.

The activities of IDF members is to promote policy dialogue, forge links, foster partnerships, build capacities and develop best practice within the dairy sector worldwide.

The Kenya National Committee for IDF will be led by Mrs Margaret Kibogy, Managing Director of the Kenya Dairy Board.

Commenting on the news, Mrs Kibogy said: “On behalf of the Kenya Dairy Board, we are excited to be an associate member of the International Dairy Federation.’’

“Through this membership, the country will benefit from the engagement, knowledge sharing through the global platform. We will also play an active role into discussion in the platform together with other industry players.”

 The Kenya dairy industry is a major socio-economic activity benefiting a wide range of stakeholders. Approximately 1.5 small-scale dairy farmers, who produce the bulk of the 5.2 billion litres of milk per annum, derive livelihoods from milk production. The dairy sector contributes approximately 4% to the national GDP of Kenya.

The IDF National Committee in Russia will be led by Mr Belov Artyom, CEO of Souzmoloko, the Russian National Union of Dairy Processors.