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Eggciting

Goal

As part of Sight and Life’s Eggciting Innovation program, the Egg Hub Malawi, Egg powder projects, and Eggonomics support smallholder poultry farmers in to improve egg availability and affordability among low-income countries. 

Description

Sight and Life works to ensure universal access to eggs, nature’s multivitamin, through innovative, climate-smart approaches to egg production and consumption in low- and middle-income countries. Egg consumption has the potential to dramatically improve health and nutrition outcomes for vulnerable populations, particularly for maternal and child nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life. The small but mighty egg possess almost all the micronutrients an infant needs for growth as well as high-quality protein that can be introduced early into diets as a complementary food. To-date, we have designed a variety of business models, each with a robust potential to support the intensification of egg production in multiple countries, including Ethiopia, Malawi, Brazil, India and Indonesia.

Core Eggciting Innovations

The two core Sight and Life  innovations include the ‘egg hub’ and ‘egg powder’. An ‘egg hub’ is a centralized unit offering farmers high-quality, affordable inputs, extension services, training and market access in order to solve the supply-side challenges often faced by small- and medium-scale poultry farms. The Hubs can support countries with low-yield production systems to make the transition towards efficient, high-yield systems which are associated with much lower market prices.

Egg powder or ‘powdered egg’, ‘dry egg’, or ‘dried egg powder’, is a pasteurized, spray-dried product derived from fresh hen eggs. Dehydrated egg has a long shelf-life of two years, is easy to store and transport over long distances, is simple to cook and is less expensive to purchase than shell eggs. Learn more in our Action in Brief.

Ethiopia

Together with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and the Government of Ethiopia, we are designing further strategies to scale up the production and consumption of eggs through egg hubs and egg powder in the country. This partnership aims to explore sustainable models to make eggs or egg powder more widely available and affordable for low-income communities. This includes developing route-to-market for innovative egg powder-based foods to reach last-mile consumers.

India

With an increase in consumer demand for eggs and with over 70% of egg production in India accredited to smallholder farmers, new innovations are key to meeting the egg production and demand needs of the country. Sight and Life conducted a value chain assessment and case study analysis on innovative poultry business models to address bottlenecks, which successfully created efficient and high-yield intensive systems. 

 Research by Forum for the Future has revealed optimization of chicken feed as a key element of the supply chain which could be targeted for innovations, in order to  support farmers as well as improve the production and nutritional value of eggs for consumption. Investments in the egg value chain are very effective – an investment of $1 has the potential to generate $7.85 of sustainable income in the hands of rural women. Learn more here.

Indonesia

In partnership with World Vision Indonesia and DSM, we are addressing egg supply chain bottlenecks in Indonesia to deliver low-cost, better-quality eggs. This partnership will play a vital role in promoting the production and consumption of eggs and in increasing the poultry sector’s profitability in Indonesia. A value chain assessment of the poultry sector has been completed, as well as research on designing a social marketing campaign and exploring options for improving egg availability. Learn more here.

Malawi

Compared with the global average of 15 eggs available per person each month, in Malawi, less than 2 eggs are available per person each month. Alongside partner Maeve and Lenziemill (local feed mill company) and with the financial support of Stichting Dioraphte, have implemented an egg hub model and are supporting smallholder poultry farmers to make eggs affordable, available and accessible. We help poultry farmers achieve commercial-scale efficiency by providing farm inputs, market support and training. This is Sight and Life’s first impact investment project with a portion of the funding given as a loan. Despite the multiple benefits of eggs, they remain costly and inaccessible. 

In order to make eggs affordable, available and accessible, Sight and Life in collaboration with Maeve and Lenziemill with financial support from Stichting Dioraphte, implemented the egg hub in central Malawi. The egg hub is a scalable and easily replicable business model is reducing poverty among smallholder farmers while providing affordable eggs, natures best food, in rural Malawi, where every third child or woman is malnourished.

 Through this initiative, the hub supports 12 farms and 60 farmers including convent nuns, all women groups, schools, and urban poor living in slums. 3.5 million fresh eggs are being produced every year that are cheaper than competitor brands.

Kenya

Sight and Life is addressing egg supply chain bottlenecks in Kenya to deliver low-cost, better quality eggs through a robust public-private partnership.

Rwanda

In partnership with DSM and World Vision, we are focused on introducing fortified chicken feed so that higher-quality eggs will become available in local markets in Rwanda.

Key Figures
  • 16 Million Eggs produced (Malawi & Indonesia)
  • 2x Increase in size and weight of eggs compared to backyard eggs
  • 2x More eggs in the community
  • 20% Reduction in price compared to competition
  • 160 Small holder farmers benefitted with 3x income
  • 25K Pregnant and lactating women & children under 5 exposed to 2 social marketing campaigns
Status:
Current
Country:
Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, and Malawi
Key Area of Work:
Egg Initiatives
Partners:
World Vision Indonesia, DSM, CIFF, Maeve, Lenziemill, Government of Ethiopia, Dioraphte, Grand Challenges India, Ovobest, Washington University in St. Louis, 251 Communications, Ethiopia Public Health Institute, Peloton, International Egg Commission
Website:
https://egghub.org

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