A message from Steve Manton, Chairman of the International Egg Foundation.

The work of the IEF – why providing access to high quality protein is so important.

The IEF was established by the International Egg Commission (IEC) to work as an independent charitable foundation.  Operating in the truest sense of Corporate Social Responsibility, our purpose is to increase egg production and egg consumption in developing countries, to provide undernourished infants, children and families with an independent, sustainable, high quality protein supply.

In many regions of the world diets are short of, or completely lacking, high quality protein; many diets are based mainly, or entirely, on starch such as maize.  Protein is vital for a healthy diet: the human immune system needs high quality protein to function efficiently.  Protein increases people’s natural immunity to diseases and significantly enhances a person’s natural response to vaccinations.  Just a small amount of high quality protein also helps brain development in infants, mental concentration and muscle development in children.

The IEF is committed to working with foundations and organisations around the world to help ensure that high quality protein is accessible to everybody.

Eggs are an excellent source of high quality protein; they are rich in vitamins and nutrients, containing all the essential vitamins and minerals required for a healthy diet.  Eggs also have two key advantages when it comes to helping to improve diets in developing countries: they are one of the most accessible forms of high quality protein; and they have a low carbon footprint, making them a truly sustainable option.

I am delighted to continue to support such worthwhile initiatives, and I am looking forward to working with old colleagues and new ones on IEF projects.

The IEF works alongside the world’s largest, most effective, charitable foundations, and through our links with the world’s largest egg businesses, we are committed to making high quality egg protein accessible to people living in developing nations; we are committed to making a real difference to people’s lives.

Thank you for your interest in the IEF, please take a moment to read more about the excellent work our foundation is involved in, and discover more about the ways in which we can work together to meet our goals and improve the lives of people globally.

Together we can make a difference.

Steve Manton

Chairman International Egg Foundation