IFFO is an international trade organisation that represents and promotes the marine ingredients industry, such as fishmeal, fish oil and other related industries.
Marine ingredients are nutritious products used mainly for aquafeed, land animal feed as well as for human consumption and are derived from marine organisms such as fish, krill, shellfish and algae. IFFO's members reside in more than 50 countries, account for over 60% of world production and 80% of the fishmeal and fish oil traded worldwide. IFFO is an accredited Observer to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
This year marks the 60th year of IFFO as a knowledge centre focused on gathering and sharing information with stakeholders!
We are happy to release our annual report. A key area highlighted throughout this report is our continuous investment and focus on data gathering and technical reports, with the aim of filling information gaps to continue driving positive change within the global supply chain. Protecting Life Below Water and contributing to the Zero Hunger target (UN’s SDG 2 and SDG 14) are IFFO’s core priorities. Examples of this evidence-based approach include IFFO’s project on South East Asia (co-funded by the Global Aquaculture Alliance). Work is underway to deliver 7 other technical projects on various vital topics. In 2018, production and/or trade annual data for 77 countries were collected; monthly data for 11 countries and weekly data for around 8 countries. In 2019 IFFO is focusing on increasing collaboration among stakeholders in regional fisheries and throughout the seafood supply chains. That increased collaboration will help facilitate the development and initiation of Fisheries Improver Projects together with IFFO RS.
Over the years the Marine Ingredients industry has been dramatically improving its sourcing of responsible raw materials and the sustainable use of natural resources. It is always in need for more information on how to improve its practices. Consequently, IFFO’s focus covers all three sustainability factors. I encourage you to explore our annual report, where we’ve analysed each research project’s contribution to all 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
The first overarching study for the South-East Asian fishmeal industry provides recommendations to move forward in achieving a sustainable supply chain
The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) and IFFO, the Marine Ingredients Organisation, have today released the findings from a joint-funded project which improves the understanding of the fisheries of South East Asia which supply raw material for fishmeal production. The report was produced by Duncan Leadbitter (Fish Matter Pty Ltd) after approximately 10 months of data gathering, using both publicly available information and in-country sources.
Focusing on the digital revolution in feed and livestock farming was the highlight of the 6th Global Feed and Food Congress (GFFC) held in Bangkok in March 2019. A new acronym was provided – Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) and the importance of ensuring that diets are absolutely specified for the farmed animals. This very clearly represents a business opportunity for a high value nutritious product like fishmeal and fish oil, where the absolute nutritional values will be essential in optimizing growth and production efficiencies as we talk about in IFFO at length. Digitialising agriculture is seen as the next (the 4th) agricultural revolution.