Milk and dairy products represent about 14% of world agricultural trade

28 / 12 / 2018

Millions of people around the world consume milk and dairy products every day. These products are not only a vital source of nutrition, and contain proteins, vitamins and minerals of high biological value, but they also present opportunities for farmers, processors and traders. Milk and dairy products account for about 14% of world agricultural trade.

Milk production worldwide last year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), reached 811 million tons, 1.4 percent more than in 2016. It increased in geographical regions like Asia, America and Europe.

This product is consumed by six billion people. Of this global milk production, 97% comes from cattle. In Colombia, according to the Colombian Association of Milk Processors (Asoleche), the per capita figure reached 140 liters.

In addition, in July of 2018, the collection of milk reached an average daily, so far this year, of 9,627,976 liters of milk, the highest value of daily stock in the last 10 years. The average in a month in 2018 is equal to 291.590.128 liters. Comparing the total collected between 2018 and 2017, the increase is 3.0%.

Milk is a food, which, in most developing countries, is produced by small farmers, thus contributing to the livelihoods and the nutrition of many houses. 

Why is it such a powerful food?

Different organizations, such as the UN, have created campaigns to prevent child and global malnutrition. In these, one of the products in which more emphasis is made, is precisely in dairy products, due to the large amount of nutrients they provide, especially in childhood.

Calcium, magnesium, selenium, riboflavin, vitamin B12 and pantothenic acid (B5), are some of the necessary nutrients provided by this powerful food, also composed of proteins, minerals and lactose, especially necessary for growth in early childhood.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the critical window for proper growth and cognitive development of the infant is between birth and 24 months of age. Consuming dairy during this stage contributes to a better quality of life in adulthood.

Cheese, butter, milk powder and liquid milk are some of its products, usually included in the daily diet of millions of people. These foods also provide essential nutrients and are an important source of energy, high quality proteins and fats.

Producing more milk, cheaper and better quality, allows us to nurture the welfare of more people. This is the purpose that inspires us to work together with our producers. Each day represents a new opportunity in the nutrition of a better world.

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