Despite their benefits, eggs remain costly and inaccessible in many countries. Fewer than 2 eggs are available per person per month in low- and middle-income countries when compared to the global average of 15 eggs per person per month. Sight and Life intend to change that with Egg Hub – an initiative that addresses both the demand and supply side challenges to egg-based nutrition.
We conducted due diligence on 21 rural egg production initiatives in Kenya, Malawi, Ethiopia, and India, and concluded that an out-grower model supported by a hub with inputs, credit, and extension services, is the best approach to increasing egg production among small and medium-scale farmers.
Based on our extensive research, we piloted the Egg Hub in 2018 in central Malawi as a scalable and easily replicable business model that reduces poverty among smallholder farmers while providing affordable eggs to the community.
Today, the Egg Hub supports 35 farms and 175 farmers, including convent nuns, all-women groups, schools, and urban poor, produces 10 million fresh eggs every year, and gets us closer to our goal to bring better nutrition to all. Our second Egg Hub is in Ethiopia, and we plan to take a model to scale across Africa in multiple locations.