It was held at the sustainable dairy in Asia event in Bangkok, May 2014. The event focused on the trends and challenges facing the dairy sector in Asia.
The Asia region has emerged as a major player in global dairy production and consumption. Aggregate consumption gains in dairy products in Asia over the past decade have exceeded twice the annual global average. A recent OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook estimated that the demand for milk and milk products in the region will approach 320 million tonnes by the year 2021 (OECD-FAO, 2012). It is noted that this growth in demand is happening at a time when concerns about resource scarcity, growing pressure on feed resources, climate change and the need for more equitable development are becoming more and more important. Farmers worldwide face the challenge of producing more food with fewer resources while also addressing climate change and impacts on ecosystems.
Note that one of the panel sessions discussed “Sustainable animal diets: concepts to implementation” - see the summary report below for more details from this session.