Project overview

IEF is working in Southern Africa providing broad regional support.  As part of IEF’s commitment to help as many children, families and communities as possible, it has joined forces with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to increase the availability and consumption of high quality protein in the form of eggs across the Southern African region.

Since 2013 IEF and FAO have been hosting a series of regional seminars to bring together farmers, veterinarians and governments to create individual country action plans to increase the production, accessibility and consumption of eggs.

Sharing information and best practices about the nutritional value of eggs and how to increase production and consumption in these regions is integral to IEF’s broad regional support projects.  These individual country action plans will encourage the transfer of information and provide direct veterinary and practical assistance to help the development of commercial egg production.  Key countries engaged in this project include Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Sustainability is at the heart of what the IEF is trying to achieve.  Its aim is to help people by giving them the support and the knowledge to be able to continue helping themselves.

IEF is looking to raise additional external funding to:

  • Progress this joint IEF FAO development project across the Southern African region.
  • Expand this joint IEF FAO development project to the South Asia region, specifically Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Project updates

December 2014
The “Strengthening Poultry Producers Through Organised Action in Zimbabwe National Workshop” co-hosted by FAO, IEC, Zimbabwe Poultry Association and the government of Zimbabwe was held from 3rd – 5th December 2014 in Harare.  The objective of the workshop was to help stakeholders in the poultry sector develop strategies to improve the industry.

June 2014
The second joint FAO IEC seminar for egg producer organisations took place from 9th – 10th June 2014, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Members of producer organisations from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe were joined by FAO and IEC members from Australia, Canada and South Africa.

September 2013
The FAO and IEC co-hosted a two day seminar in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia, for government representatives, veterinarians and egg producers from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  The seminar discussed ways to increase egg production and consumption in the region.

Dr Olaf Thieme, from the FAO, explained: “The aim of this seminar is to share information between all attendees, and create long lasting working relationships.  Governments and producers in these nine Southern African countries will gain valuable practical advice and support …By working together in this way, we can increase knowledge: an increase in knowledge will lead to increased understanding; with this, we hope to meet our ultimate aim of better nutrition for people living in these Southern African nations.”