The International Egg Commission (IEC) has been formally recognised by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as the official representative of the international egg industry.
The IEC and the FAO have signed a memorandum of understanding, creating an official working partnership.
This is a hugely significant step forward for egg businesses worldwide; now that the IEC is working formally with the FAO, the egg industry has an official voice within the United Nations’ systems, the IEC said in statement.
Director General of the IEC, Julian Madeley, explained: “We are delighted that the IEC has been formally accepted by the FAO as the representative body of the international egg industry and we are looking forward to working with the organisation on its future projects.
“The FAO is a United Nations organisation that is dedicated to achieving food security for all; it is committed to making sure that people throughout the world have regular access to sufficient, high-quality food. This is something that is very close to our industry’s heart. The IEC and all our members are fully committed to helping to feed the world’s growing population and we are extremely pleased to be working with the UN and specifically, the FAO, to help to achieve this.”
The International Egg Commission has members in over 55 countries, in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, South America and Australia. It holds conferences twice a year where members come together to share best practice and pledge their combined commitment to the industry’s corporate and social responsibility; working together to help feed the world’s growing population with a sustainable source of high quality protein.
The next IEC conference is being held in Venice, 25–27 March.