Who We Help
The IEF working in partnership with other leading global bodies, charities and egg industry companies, can achieve the remarkable. We have the joint resources to create change and add value to existing projects as we seek to help undernourished populations in developing regions of the world.
The IEF aims to be the ‘multiplier’ and ‘facilitator’ resulting in tangible, life-changing effects for many individuals including expectant mothers, infants and children.
Eggs are a nutritious food for children providing useful amounts of nutrients important for growth and development.
For example, eggs contain choline which is essential for normal functioning of all cells in the body, including those needed for metabolism, brain and nerve function and memory. Choline from eggs therefore helps to promote brain and memory development in infants and improves concentration levels for children at school.
Providing access to a source of high-quality protein, such as eggs helps boost the function of an individual’s immune system, providing improved natural disease resistance. Eggs are also a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin B12, and selenium, which are all important for maintaining a healthy immune system.
The IEF supports Project Canaan, aimed at providing high-quality protein to children of all ages.
Eggs also provide essential nutrients and protein for pregnant and lactating women, helping them to meet their increased nutritional requirements.
Choline found in eggs can help to prevent birth defects and helps promote early brain development. Eggs are also a good source of folic acid, which is important for pregnant women as it can help prevent certain nerve-related birth defects.
Working with Heart for Africa at Project Canaan’s egg farm, we are able to support the local Manzini Hospital maternity ward by supplying eggs.
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In addition to the wide ranging nutritional benefits of eating them, production of eggs provides social and economic benefits for emerging farmers across the world.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that by 2050 as many as one in four of the world’s population will be living in Africa. Expanding agriculture practices and enhancing productivity will continue to be a priority for generations to come.
The IEF’s Global Egg Schools target participants in areas of need around the world, providing them with technical knowledge to enable them to improve bird health, boost feed efficiency and increase productivity on their farms.