On 6 and 7 October 2011, the 6th IMS World Pork Conference was held for the first time in Germany. 300 participants and high-ranking speakers from all over the world discussed the development of production and the factors influencing the global demand for pork and pork products.
According to the recent figures published by the FAO, the demand for pork will increase by almost 20% to 127 mill. t by 2020. At the same time, production will also be stepped up considerably.
While production and consumption have been stagnating or only growing at a very moderate pace in the developed states, there has been a marked increase in the emerging and developing countries. Their share is forecast to rise to 67% in terms of production and 69% in terms of consumption.
Decisive factors influencing pork production are the availability and prices of energy and feedstuff. In this regard, the industry faces huge challenges all across the globe as a result of the price increases for these means of production and the increasing use of arable land to grow energy crops. The industry assumes that this trend is set to continue and this is why potentials for higher efficiency must be harnessed at all stages of production.
The IMS World Pork Conference is held every two years in differing countries. Germany hosted this event for the first time in 2011. The conference was organized by the German Meat Association (VDF) and German Meat. The event was co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection.
Source: IMS World Pork Conference