The 4th Global Feed & Food Congress (GFFC)

The 4th Global Feed & Food Congress was held in Sun City, South Africa in April 2013 and attracted a record number of world class delegates and speakers.

The 4th Global Feed and Food Congress organized by the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) with technical support by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and hosted by the Animal Feed Manufacturers Association of South Africa (AFMA) was held in Sun City, South Africa, from 10-12 April 2013.


4th GFFC Congress Programme


4th Global Feed & Food Congress Opening Speech

The Global Feed & Food Congress series was launched in 2005 by IFIF in cooperation with the FAO to provide a global platform for industry and governments to come together to discuss critical issues of food and feed safety, technology and sustainability.  The tri-annual Congress has established itself as the leading global event of its kind and was last held in Sun City, South Africa, in April 2013.

Mario Sergio Cutait, IFIF Chairman and Loutjie Dunn, Chairman of the Animal Feed Manufacturers Association of South Africa (AFMA), were joined by the honorable Prof Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Republic of South Africa, Dr. Berhe G. Tekola, Director of the Animal Production and Health Division at the FAO and Dr. Hinner Koster, AFMA Board Member, to open the Congress and welcome 700 international delegates representing the global feed and food chain.

The theme for the 4th GFFC ‘Safe Feed & Food for All’ links to the global challenge to feed 9 billion people by 2050 and to do so sustainably. This theme reflects the aspiration of the whole feed & food value chain and IFIF’s view on Sustainability matches this aspiration: ‘produce more, using less, at an affordable cost to the consumer.’

The 4th GFFC brought together 700 international delegates from 44 countries who discussed critical issues  covering the whole feed manufacturing and food processing value chain, with a special focus on Feed and Food Safety, Food Security, Technology, and Sustainability. The final Congress programme is available here.

The Congress attracted exceptional speakers who provided their insights and expertise in over 80 world-class presentations.  The presentations made at the 4th GFFC and the AFMA Forum can be downloaded here. For more information about the 4th GFFC please visit

Launch of Southern African Feed Manufacturers’ Association (SAFMA)
The Southern African Feed Manufacturers’ Association (SAFMA) was officially launched following an agreement at the 4th Global Feed & Food Congress in Sun City, South Africa, under the auspices of representatives from IFIF and the FAO.

SAFMA brings together representatives from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Mauritius as part of a regional feed manufacturers association that will have as their vision the harmonisation of the feed industry in the region in order to further ‘safe feed for safe food’. IFIF supports this initiative to strengthen the global feed industry and to start the process to provide Africa with one voice.

SAFMA as a regional feed manufacturers’ body can play a role in the harmonisation of legislation and regulations in the region in order to enhance effective trade between member countries as well as creating a self-regulating regional industry with the same vision, namely safe feed for safe food. SAFMA will also be able to support the feed industry and regulators through the IFIF / FAO Feed Manual of Good Practices designed to increase safety and feed quality at the production level.