A message from the
Directors of the BIPM and the BIML

Martin Milton

Martin Milton
Director of the BIPM

Anthony Donnellan

Anthony Donnellan
Director of the BIML


World Metrology Day - 20 May 2023

Measurements supporting the global food system


Food is a major concern for every one of us. Providing access to safe and affordable food remains one of the major challenges for governments worldwide. This is also the goal of farmers and food producers who trade products through distributors and retailers to consumers at international, national and local levels. In 2021, this trade was worth 22 trillion USD and accounted for approximately 20 % of all global trade.

To trade internationally and to access markets for high-value products, producers must be able to show that they meet food standards. Additionally, governments need to ensure safety and fair trade especially in local markets for food. All of this is supported by reliable measurements of the quantity and quality of the primary and processed food products involved.

Our focus for World Metrology Day in 2023 is on the many measurement challenges that must be addressed to make the global food system work. For example:

It is now recognised that the depletion of natural resources and the impact of climate change pose major challenges to the global food system such that the goal of a world with zero hunger and universal access to clean water was included amongst the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations.

We again look forward to celebrating World Metrology Day with our stakeholders around the world.

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