The International Dairy Federation is delighted to welcome you to Parma (Italy) for the IDF Summilk 2011 - the Annual event of the dairy industry. The theme for 2011 is ‘Sustainable Food Security’, a topic of great significance and value to the entire world dairy community. A series of joint conferences is being organized by IDF with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations regarding ‘Sustainable Food Security’ at the 2011 Summit. A conference on environment will follow-up on the latest achievements regarding life cycle analysis for greenhouse gas emissions from the dairy chain; other conferences will focus on various key topics such as animal health, welfare and animal feeding to address dairy sustainability issues from different perspectives and stimulate exchange of expertise within the dairy industry. A new Round Table on dairy supply chain issues will gather active representatives from various dairy stakeholders groups in stimulating debates and ensure participation of more stakeholders from all parts of the dairy chain, as well as different regions of the world. The Forum for Dairy Leaders and the IDF Summit itself will provide many opportunities for all participants to express viewpoints, discuss and debate about their vision of how the dairy sector will continue to evolve and thrive with dairy leaders from several regions of the world, and to also address messages to a global audience. The location for the Summit also has a key role to play. The city of Parma is the capital of Italy’s famous "food valley" where Prosciutto di Parma ham and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese are only some of the culinary delights on offer. Parma is nestled in the valley of the Po River in the Italian province of Emilia-Romagna, and its rich history and culture radiates beyond its city limits, providing a variety of cultural and social delights for you to see and enjoy. We look forward to meeting you at the IDF Summilk 2011and wish you a very productive and motivating stay in Parma.
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