Microsoft founder, Bill Gates who is famous for his
philanthropic ventures especially in Africa has launched a novel
programme to help Africaâ€™s poor and it involves
plenty of chicken.
The billionaire philanthropist says raising and selling the birds can be efficient to tackle extreme poverty and to this end, he has promised to donate 100,000 chickens.
Based on his theory, farmer breeding five hens could earn more than $1,000 a year about $300 more than the poverty line.Â 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%.
At the launch of the campaign in New York, Mr Gates said:
Â â€œThese chickens are multiplying on an ongoing basis so thereâ€™s no investment that has a return percentage anything like being able to breed chickens.â€