WFO positions are the result of a truly bottom-up approach, according to which member organizations lead the development of balanced and consensual policy papers, by proposing the pressing issues, working on the position papers and approving them during the General Assembly.
According to this member-driven bottom-up approach, the WFO members, as represented by their legal representatives who gathered in Luxembourg for this year’s General Assembly, expressed their positive votes on the future WFO policy lines on AMR and Value Chain.
Here the Luxembourg 2019 Policy Positions in points:
WFO Policy on Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Livestock
- One Health approach needed to combat AMR
- Prudent and responsible use of antimicrobials
- Monitoring and surveillance of antimicrobials is needed
- Investments in research of new medicine must be given high priority
WFO Policy on Value Chain
- Creating an enabling environment for farmers to organise and be well represented
- Facilitating the development of business models that put farmers at the same level of industry (value chain contracts)
- Promoting short supply chain in order to allow farmers, in particular small holders, the right value added
- Tackling the abuse of dominant market positions and unfair trading practices, through regulatory initiatives
- Facilitate a closer relation between farmers and consumers, through education campaigns and enhanced transparency, based on science and on the benefit of balanced dietary models