The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the world leaders in September 2015 represent the aspirations of a global community in addressing a wide range of global issues, including eradication of hunger and poverty, health, climate change, economic development, human rights and gender equality. The Asian dairy sector is strongly positioned to help reach the SDGs.
However, there are still challenges that we must overcome. To address these, Dairy Asia developed a sustainability framework, which is fully aligned with the spirit of the SDGs. Dairy Asia committed to contributing towards their achievement in partnership with all stakeholders.
Meet rising demand for dairy products by sustainable increases in milk productivity and farm profitability
Integrate small-scale producers in the modern value chain through promotion of fair and efficient markets
Protect and enhance human health by improving dairy food quality and safety and by enabling consumers to make informed choices on the benefits and risks of dairy products as part of the diet
Enhance resilience and adaptability of dairy systems by strengthening stakeholder capacity to cope with production (which would include climate risks) and market risks and enhancing innovation
Protect and restore terrestrial ecosystems by minimizing the dairy sector’s environmental footprint
Combat climate change by reducing GHG emissions along the dairy chain
Enhance levels of education through school milk programmes and transfer of knowledge and best practices to all actors involved in the dairy chain
Promote gender equality by ensuring women receive proper recognition for their work in dairy production, processing and marketing and by encouraging women in leadership positions
Improve access to clean affordable energy through promotion of biogas from dairy systems
Strengthen the means of implementation by building national, regional and global platforms for dairy development