Cracking the Egg's Potential to Improve Child Growth and Development

Nutrition, Agriculture
Latin America & Caribbean
Resource Publication Date:
November, 2017
Content Format:
Text, Video

Stunting and loss of a child’s developmental potential are complex human capital problems, which arise from poverty and other environmental and biological problems. Nutritional interventions to address stunting have largely focused on fortified foods or supplements and limited evidence exists for using locally available nutritious foods.

This seminar presented findings from a randomized controlled trial targeting young children in the highlands of Ecuador, which provided eggs as part of a complementary feeding diet. After just six months, the intervention reduced stunting by 47 percent among the study population and showed significant positive changes in biomarkers associated with improved development.

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Study publications:
Eggs in early Complementary Feeding and Child Growth: A Randomized Controlled Trial (Pediatrics)
​Eggs early in complementary feeding increase choline pathway biomarkers and DHA: a randomized controlled trial in Ecuador (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

Co-hosted by the World Bank Group’s SecureNutrition platform and the Food Quality Global Solution Group of the World Bank Group's Agriculture Global Practice.


Chessa Lutter
PhD. Senior Nutrition Researcher @RTI International | Visiting Research Professor @University of Maryland School of Public Health

Christine Stewart
PhD. Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition, University of California at Davis


Franck Cesar Jean Berthe
Senior Livestock Specialist, Agricultural Global Practice, World Bank Group


Emanuela Gallaso
Senior Economist, DEC Poverty and Inequality