Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grants $21.4M to WPF

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave a four year $21.4 million grant to the World Poultry Foundation (WPF) to develop poultry production in Nigeria and Tanzania.

The WPF will lead the project by working closely with the government and in-country private sector partners to improve rural poultry production in the two countries. The vision will be achieved through opening access to low-input dual purpose birds, increasing rural household income, improving household nutrition and empowering women.

CEO of WPF Randall Ennis said, “This grant provides us with an opportunity to implement a strategy that creates access of improved genetics to the rural famers, provides technical assistance and training, and offers access to markets that may not have been possible before. Our goal is to impact 2.5 million households across Tanzania and Nigeria by the end of this four-year initiative.”

The project will focus on training and support in building a sustainable value chain. It will also establish 1,500 entrepreneurial enterprises, owned and managed by women, to supply healthy brooded and vaccinated chicks to rural farmers.

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