Egg farmers from around the world
trying to make a difference
The IEF was established in 2014 by the International Egg Commission (IEC) to work as an independent charitable foundation. The IEF’s goals are to help implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and increase egg production and egg consumption in underdeveloped countries to provide undernourished infants, children and families with an independent, sustainable, high-quality protein supply. To achieve these goals, the IEF works alongside the world’s largest and most effective charitable foundations and with the world’s largest egg businesses to help ensure high-quality protein is accessible to everybody no matter who they are or where they come from.
In many regions of the world diets are lacking high-quality protein, with many diets being based on starch such as maize. Eggs in the diet can support the body’s natural immune system, vaccination response and anti-retroviral treatments. The high-quality protein in eggs and excellent amino acid profile for human requirements also has a very beneficial impact on health for populations that rely on a mainly starch based diet. Availability of the right amino acids is essential for the proper functioning of the human immune system, leading to enhanced natural protection, it also supports vaccinations which rely on the body’s own immune response. Anti-retroviral treatments are also supported by the inclusion of high-quality protein in the diet. High-quality protein also helps brain development in infants and muscle development and concentration levels in children.
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
- They have a low carbon footprint, making them truly sustainable
The IEF aims to be a “multiplier” and “facilitator”. We want to champion the egg, remaining specialised in our core area of expertise – egg production. Through our work we want to showcase what can be achieved through the power of the egg.