IFIF organization and history


IFIF is registered as a non-profit organization in Luxembourg and was founded on December 1, 1987.

IFIF is made up of national and regional feed associations from Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, North and South America and the Middle East, as well feed related organizations and corporate members from around the globe.  Overall, IFIF members represent over 80% of total compound animal feed production worldwide.

Under its Articles of Association, held in Luxembourg, IFIF is managed by 
the Executive Director, Alexandra de Athayde, and overseen by 
an elected Chairman and Board drawn from the membership. Board Members serve two-year terms and are elected at the IFIF General Assembly. IFIF's Chairman for 2016-2017 is Joel G. Newman, President and CEO of the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), who previously served as Chair of IFIF’s Policy Committee.

To support our industry on the road to the future, IFIF’s work is centred on three strategic pillars:

  1. Sustainability
  2. Regulatory & International Standards 
  3. Education & sharing of Best Practices

IFIF is a member driven organization and experts from the membership actively participate in IFIF’s Standing Committees, Working Groups & Projects under IFIF's three strategic Pillars. IFIF's experts cover the range of key issues for the feed industry, and contribute to the development of global feed and food industry standards. Each Standing Committee, Working Group and Project is managed by the Executive Director in coordination with an IFIF Member representative who has been chosen as the Chair.

Federation History

André Namur, the former Secretary General of the European Feed Industry Federation along with Denny Blankenship the European Director of the American Soybean Association developed the concept of an international organization representing the feed industry globally over a five-year period ending in the setting up of Articles of Association in Luxembourg in 1987.

André Namur was the organizations’ first secretary. He was best known for his ability to manage the political environment in which the feed industry operates in and he helped bring feed-related issues to the forefront of the European political agenda.

IFIF's first President from 1987-1996 was Brian Rutherford, past-President of the Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA). IFIF's second President from 1996-2002 was Henk van de Bunt of Victam International.

IFIF’s third president was Fred Stephens, of Potash Corporation. Mr. Stephens served two terms from 2002 to 2008 and helped strengthen the relationship with global groups, including the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

Dave Cieslak of Cargill Animal Nutrition was IFIF's chairman from 2008- 2011. Under his leadership the organization started to renew itself and he placed IFIF on a sound footing to start tackling the important issues facing the feed industry in the next decade. The development and introduction of IFIF's new Vision, Mission and Goals, the 3rd Global Feed and Food Congress in Cancun in 2010, as well as the continued success of the International Feed Regulators Meeting are just some of the accomplishments of Dr. Cieslak.

Mario Sergio Cutait led the Federation as Chairman for two consecutive terms from 2012 - 2015 and was recognised by the IFIF Board of Directors for his outstanding leadership. As Chairman, Mr. Cutait led the successful development of IFIF's new Strategy, Vision and Mission and positioned IFIF to effectively address the important opportunities and challenges facing the feed industry in the future. Under his leadership, IFIF almost doubled its membership and increased its geographical reach to key regions, such as Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

IFIF's current Chairman for 2016-2017 is Joel G. Newman, President and CEO of the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), who was elected unanimously at IFIF’s 28th Annual General Assembly held at FAO Headquarters in Rome on 13 October 2015. Mr. Newman previously served as Chair of IFIF’s Policy Committee and he brings more than three decades of diverse executive experience in agribusiness, as well as his longstanding experience both with IFIF as well as international feed industry matters to the role of IFIF Chairman.