In celebration of World Egg Day on Friday, October 11, the International Egg Commission (IEC) is working with the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to help end world hunger. The organizations are working with the governments and egg producers in nine southern Africa countries share information and gain practical advice about the nutritional value of eggs, as well as technical advice on egg production and disease management.
Julian Madeley, director general at the IEC, explained: "It's estimated that in the world today, a billion people are underfed and undernourished, and this is going to get even worse over the next 40 years, as the global population is set to increase by another 3 billion people.
"This is unacceptable to everybody, and on behalf of the entire egg industry, the IEC is committed to doing what we can to help prevent hunger. Eggs have an important role to play in this; as well as being an excellent source of high-quality protein, containing the essential vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy diet, they are an affordable and readily available source of food throughout most of the world. We are committed to working with the FAO to help eliminate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition."