Dairy Nutrition:

An Engine for Economic Growth


The First 1,000 Days and Beyond




International Conference

May 10-11, 2017

Boise, Idaho 


Click here for more information! 

Dairy for Global Nutrition supports the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes and other global nutritional principles set forth by the World Health Organization, the Codex Alimentarius, and UNICEF. 



We are excited to announce that our EB 2015 food aid symposium proceedings have been published in the Food and Nutrition Bulletin. The abstracts and full texts of the articles in this Supplement (March 2016, Vol. 37, No. 1 supplement) are available via open access and can be downloaded here!  


Who We Are

Dairy for Global Nutrition is a U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) initiative designed to advance the science of dairy and document its benefits for the world's most vulnerable populations. The U.S. Dairy Export Council is a non-profit, independent membership organization that represents the export trade interests of U.S. milk producers, proprietary processors, dairy cooperatives and export traders. 

We are working to answer some of the most critical scientific questions.  How much dairy protein is needed to ensure health outcomes?  Are there short-term windows of opportunity where a little dairy can deliver long-term health impacts?  What alternative formulations can provide similar results at a lower cost?  We invite you to join us in our pursuit of improved nutrition for the world's most vulnerable populations, and to use this website to find and share information on the role of dairy.   


What We Stand For

We believe scientifically valid information on the efficacy of dairy ingredients can help decision makers optimize their scarce resources and bring greater health results to key vulnerable populations. 


What We Do

Dairy ingredients play a central role in saving the lives of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in low-income countries worldwide.  More recently, dairy proteins have been added to foods targeting over 500 million children at risk of stunting and wasting, and in nutritional supplements for people living with HIV and AIDS or in emergency environments.

We aim to advance the science of dairy and document its benefits for the world's most vulnerable groups. Today, we provide collaborative funding for independent field trials that test dosage, timing, and duration of interventions; ingredients for product prototypes; and scientific and market information on dairy ingredients.