Can chickens alleviate Africa’s poverty? Ask Bill Gates and he’d yell – “yes!” The Microsoft founder launched a campaign to emancipate sub-Saharan Africans from poverty. He’ll be giving away chickens. Yes, chickens.
The billionaire believes raising and selling chickens will break the strong-hold of poverty in sub-Saharan African, And has promised to donate 100,000 chickens.
At the project’s page, Gates talked about why he would raise chickens if he’s troubled by poverty.
“Poverty” he said, “looks different in different places. But through my work with the foundation, I’ve met many people in poor countries who raise chickens, and I have learned a lot about the ins and outs of owning these birds.
It’s pretty clear to me that just about anyone who’s living in extreme poverty is better off if they have chickens.
In fact, if I were in their shoes, that’s what I would do—I would raise chickens.”
Highlighting that raising chickens is easy, inexpensive to care for, and a good investment, Gates argued that it will help keep children healthy and as well, empower women.
He added that the goal aims at helping 30 percent of the rural families in sub-Saharan Africa raise improved breeds of vaccinated chickens, up from the current 5 percent.
Bill Gates stated at the launch of the campaign in New York that “chickens are multiplying on an ongoing basis. There’s no investment that has a return percentage anything like being able to breed chickens.
Because chickens are small and typically stay close to home many cultures regard them as a woman’s animal, in contrast to larger livestock like goats or cows.
Women who sell chickens are likely to reinvest the profits in their families. When I was growing up, chickens weren’t something you studied, they were something you made silly jokes about.
It has been eye-opening for me to learn what a difference they can make in the fight against poverty. It sounds funny, but I mean it when I say that I am excited about chickens, he remarked.