Bill Gates is excited about chickens!


We are delighted that Bill Gates is talking about how chickens can help lift people out of poverty.

He has written on his blog, Gates Notes, about why he would raise chickens if he was living on $2 a day and the press have been reporting on this widely.  No wonder.  Bill Gates is the world’s richest man but he has revealed that, should he lose all his money, what he would really want is a small flock of chickens.  And naturally we agree with him.

Shivia has been working in West Bengal since 2011, helping families living on less than $2 a day earn an income from raising chickens and selling the produce.  The Gates Foundation has asked us to share our knowledge and experience and we are about to do just that.  Our manual – Poultry Development Services – a guide to operations – is soon to be published and Bill Gates will be receiving the first copy!


Press coverage


If you were living on $2 a day, what would you do to improve your life? That’s a real question for the nearly 1 billion people living in extreme poverty today. There’s no single right answer, of course, and poverty 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. (As a city boy from Seattle, I had a lot to learn!) It’s pretty clear to me that just about anyone who’s living in extreme poverty is better off if they have chickens.

Bill Gates (Gates Notes June 2016)

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