Has Bill Gates gone mad, or can chickens wipe out extreme poverty?

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Celebrated philanthropist Bill Gates’ most recent campaign is, well, out of the norm.

Gates will donate 100 000 chickens to very poor countries, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa.

He says his donations will boost incomes because chickens are inexpensive to care for.

According to Gates, a farmer starting with five hens (if they breed to 40 chicks) could earn $1000 a year.

He acknowledged that some might scoff at his plan, but insisted that he believes it will have an impact.

“It sounds funny,” Gates wrote on the project’s website. “But I mean it when I say that I am excited about chickens.”

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