As kids we wondered about the price of fish in Mexico as a way of suggesting something was highly irrelevant. I thought of this as I wrote to a friend to ask about the price of chickens in Cambodia? Who’d have ever thought such a thing would ever be relevant to my life? Turns out it kind of is! Take a glimpse at how the world works beyond our first world box of safety and comfort!
Why Bill Gates Would Raise Chickens
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.
Find out why by reading the rest of his blog and enter the competition to “give a flock of chickens to a family in need”.
Melinda also wrote on the subject:
Oh and the going price for a live chicken in Cambodia? US$10. In a country where the average income is $852 per year, or $2.40 per day, that makes chickens financially valuable before you even consider their social impact.