We bet you didn’t know that Eggs have a special day of its own to be celebrated, and we bet you’re probably wondering why? Well, Eggs are more than just a vital addition to the perfect breakfast. They go beyond a delicious taste to playing a role in ending malnutrition, and serving as a source of income for many families. Eggs therefore makes its contribution to the economic development of the country.
Many people don’t know how eggs contribute towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We will be showing you eggsactly how eggs contribute towards improving the lives of billions of people around the world, including yours. And we can’t think of a better time than today as we celebrate world eggs day!
Without further ado;
- Zero Poverty (SDG 1): Poultry represents the species mostly owned by livestock farmers, and globally about 1.3 billion people depend on livestock for survival. That should give you the big picture. If more activities are dedicated to supporting and building the capacity of poultry smallholder farmers, then there will be further livelihood improvement of an estimated 600 million poor smallholder farmers around the world.
- Zero Hunger (SDG 2): Eggs have the potential to tackle hunger and poverty in many developing countries. The daily consumption of one egg can contribute significantly to the reduction of stunting in young children. But unfortunately, a lot of parents cannot afford to provide their young children with one egg in a week talk less in a day. We need to work together to find ways to make eggs affordable to all in developing countries.
- Good Health and Wellbeing (SDG 3): Eggs are rich in high-quality proteins and are a vital component of a healthy immune system. Eggs provide nutrition, which goes with good health and well-being. And that is why today’s world egg day theme is “Eat your egg today and every day”.
- Quality Education (SDG 4): Egg consumption supports brain development and concentration, particularly in young children.
- Gender Equality (SDG 5): Women play a significant role in the management of livestock species such as poultry, and this helps provide them with income. Unfortunately, they do not have the same access as men to inputs such as feeds and vaccines. This lack of access leads to a reduction in their productivity of an estimated 30 percent. That is why part of our core objective is to build and empower women and girls.
- Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12): The egg sector contributes to this SDG by producing more eggs while reducing negative environmental impacts, such as greenhouse gas emissions and degradation of ecosystems. The welfare and well-being of birds, a strong focus of egg producers, is part of the desire for sustainable development in harmony with nature.
- Climate Action (SDG 13): Out of all animal-based food production process, Egg production has a less significant climate effect on the environment as it emits the lowest total of greenhouse gases though production, transport and processing. It also emits the lowest per kilogram of protein produced. Through the sharing and implementation of best practices, the egg sector can further reduce the emissions along its value chain and contribute significantly to this SDG.
- Life on Land (SDG 15): The production of animal feeds uses 35 percent of all cultivatable land and 20 percent of the available water. Any improvement in feed conversion would mean more eggs produced with the same amount of feeds. This will have a direct benefit on the environment and will promote the responsible and sustainable use of natural resources by the egg sector.
So, as you can see, eggs are a part of our lives, as a meal or as a source of income generation. In the coming years, we hope to see more innovations and projects targeted at the egg sector and using eggs as an eggcellent opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to sustainable development and the welfare of the planet and its people. You can find more about World Egg Day here.
We hope that you join us in celebrating World Egg Day Today and for every other second Friday of October!