Bill Gates launches chicken plan to help Africa’s poor

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates has launched a campaign to help extremely poor families in sub-Saharan Africa by giving them chickens.

The billionaire and philanthropist says raising and selling the birds can be efficient to tackle extreme poverty.

He has promised to donate 100,000 chickens, and the project’s page has already been shared thousands of times.

The UN estimates that 41% of people in sub-Saharan Africa live in extreme poverty. Mr Gates said a farmer breeding five hens could earn more than $1,000 (£690) a year.

The poverty line is about $700 (£484). He added that the goal was to help 30% of the rural families in sub-Saharan Africa raise improved breeds of vaccinated chickens, up from the current 5%.

“These chickens are multiplying on an ongoing basis so there’s no investment that has a return percentage anything like being able to breed chickens,” he said at the launch of the campaign in New York.

How does Bill Gates choose which causes to back? He is partnering with charity organisation Heifer International.

Some 800 million people live in extreme poverty worldwide, the UN says.

 

Source: BBC

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