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17m eggs donated to feed the hungry

During the past 12 months, egg farmers from around the globe have donated more than 17 million eggs to international hunger relief charities working in Central America, the Caribbean, Asia, Africa and Europe.

October  8th  is  World  Egg  Day,  while  events  are  taking  place  around  the  globe  celebrating  the  humble  egg;  its  versatility  and  its  many  health  benefits,  millions  of  undernourished  people  around  the  world  are  receiving  help  thanks  to  the  generous  donations  of  egg  farmers  internatonally. 

Egg donations
Following  the  earthquake  in  Haiti,  American  egg  farmers  donated  more  than  3  million  eggs  to  the  charity  set  up  to  help  feed  the  survivors  of  the  disaster.   In  addition  to  this,  American  egg  farmers  also  donated  millions  of  shell  eggs  to  charities  and  food  banks  throughout  the  US.   In  Canada,  as  well  as  donating  eggs  to  food  banks  nationally,  each  year  Canadian  egg  farmers  also  donate  substantial  quantities  of  powdered  egg  to  help  communities  throughout  the  world;  during  the  past  12  months  Canada  sent  16  metric  tonnes  of  powdered  egg  as  far  afield  as  Asia  and  Africa. 

In  India,  egg  farmers  support  many  of  the  country’s  schools,  hospitals  and  orphanages,  donating  eggs  to  help  provide  the  essential  nutrition  required  and  improve  people’s  overall  health  and  diet.   Similarly,  in  Thailand,  Italy,  Finland  and  the  Czech  Republic,  egg  farmers  donate  thousands  of  eggs  to  charitable  institutions  and  food  programmes  every  year.      

International  Egg  Commission
The  International  Egg  Commission,  which  represents  egg  farmers  internationally,  is  working  closely  with  the  FAO  to  help  address  the  growing  dilemma  of  how  the  world  will  produce  sufficient  food  to  feed  its  rowing  population.   Frank  Pace,  Chairman  of  the  International  Egg  Commission,  explains:  “Research  from  the  FAO  predicts  that  our  global  population  will  increase  by  a  staggering  2.5  billion  people  during  the  next  40  years.   We  know  that  1  billion  of  the  current  population  is  already  undernourished,  so  finding  a  way  to  feed  another  2.5  billion  is  a  huge  challenge.   Egg  farmers  from  all  around  the  world  are  working  together  to  help  to  solve  this  problem  and  provide  a  source  of  high  quality protein  to  help  to  feed  this  growing  population.”  

Nutritionists  from  all  countries  agree  that  eggs  are  an  excellent  source  of  high  quality  protein,  and  they  are  also  one  of  the  most  affordable  sources;  however  for  the  estimated  billion  people  living  in  poverty,  unable  to  afford  eggs,  these  donations  from  the  world’s  egg  farmers  are  invaluable. 

Editor WorldPoultry

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    Rashid Sherwani

    FLOOD EFFECTIES IN PAKISTAN: It would be an excellent idea if the eggs can be donated to the 20 Million displaced persons suffering from the worst flood in the history of Pakistan. PIA - the National Carrier will carry the goods free of charges from any International Airport

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    willem

    Besides feeding the hungry the donated eggs disturb the fragile markets in Africa. Leaving the local farmer with empty pockets. Please invest a portion of this 17 million eggs in local poultry sector and empower local farmers...

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