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Bolivia tells Bill Gates it doesn't want his chickens

By midian182 · 31 replies
Jun 16, 2016
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  1. It was reported last week that Bill Gates had launched the Coop Dreams campaign, an initiative that aims to donate 100,000 chickens to impoverished nations across the world. Gates' plan may have good intentions, but Bolivia, one of the countries reportedly set to receive the birds, has rejected the “offensive” donation.

    The Microsoft co-founder said he would team up with Heifer International - a charity attempting to eradicate poverty and hunger through livestock donations and agricultural training - to distribute chickens to countries with high levels of poverty, mostly located across sub-Saharan Africa but including Bolivia.

    César Cocarico, Bolivia’s minister of development, said the country found Gates’ offer insulting. “How can he think we are living 500 years ago, in the middle of the jungle not knowing how to produce?” he asked. “Respectfully, he should stop talking about Bolivia and once he knows more, apologize to us.”

    According to the Bolivian Institute of Foreign Trade, the country saw a 35 percent increase in egg and chicken produce between 2008 and 2014. It now produces 197 million chickens annually, and has the capacity to export 36 million.

    The country also takes offense at being seen as an underveloped nation in need of the birds. The International Monetary Fund predicts Bolivia’s GDP will increase 3.8 percent this year, and it continues to be the strongest economy in South America.

    Cocarico said Gates should "inform himself that us Bolivians have a lot of production and do not need any gifted chicks in order to live, we have dignity." He added: "It think it’s rude coming from a magnate that does not know Bolivia’s reality."

    Image credit: Frederic Legrand - COMEO / Shutterstock

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  2. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 2,145   +1,221

    Well, bolivia, you can starve and continue to be poor then.
  3. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 984   +229

    A better response would have been, "Thank you for the gesture, but please provide the chickens to countries that have greater need."
  4. NicktheWVAHick

    NicktheWVAHick TS Booster Posts: 92   +72

    So Gates is giving Bolivia chickens and Bolivia is giving Gates the bird. Perhaps he should counter with a turkey.
    lripplinger and Reehahs like this.
  5. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 581   +159

    This. Their pride is very fragile, apparently.
  6. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Evangelist Posts: 2,612   +487

    Turkey already present.

    Should give them WiFi.
    Reehahs likes this.
  7. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,837   +1,180

    Wow is this a twisted fact. I just Googled Bolivia to see how 'rich' they were, and they're the poorest country in South America. It's probably easy to grow by 3.8% when you're starting from so little. 64% of the country is below the poverty line and the per capital income is $2,800 compared to the average for South America at $8,200. They stopped receiving foreign aid from the US in 2013 because they said they didn't want it anymore. Even though so many of them are dirt poor.

    It looks like they are the ones in the greatest need - at least on that continent.

    Once again it looks like the biggest thing standing between poor people and a better life is govt. It is not a coincidence that the richest country in the world started with a govt with very low involvement. Giving people the freedom to make their own lives better will produce better results than relying on the govt to do it every single time. We need to be reminded of this every so often.
  8. If they don't want Gates paltry poultry offer, they are completely entitled to do so and if some folks don't like the way they did it...too bad, harden up a little folks
    I agree though that it seems far too often that governments are the bane of their people
    mojorisin23 likes this.
  9. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,158   +829

    So, as a Chilean (Neighbour to Bolivia) I know a bit more about their policies...

    This is only political, has nothing to do with their poverty, nor their growth. Current Bolivian president Evo Morales has stayed in power only through the use of nationalist campaigns and marketing, they make themselves look strong among a very illiterate and uneducated population, maintaining conflict with neighbour countries in order to overlook their internal struggles.

    By doing this political circus they are "sticking it to the evil man", even when they could have really used it.
  10. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,512   +900

    I wish I could give you 3 likes for this.
  11. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,512   +900

    I appreciate the insight. Don't tell Bolivia about my appreciation though, they might get offended by it.
    mojorisin23 and treeski like this.
  12. Trechie

    Trechie TS Member Posts: 18   +14

    Anyone notice the Bolivian minister of development's name, César Cocarico? The funny thing is the "Cocarico" is the exact sound a Greek rooster makes (as least that is how we imitate one when reading stories to our young).
  13. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 2,780   +1,531

    And would his donation include the grain to feed the chickens? Pens to keep them safe from others that have a taste for chickens? Markets to buy the chickens, process their eggs, and help distribute them? If all the old boy was distributing was the bird it would appear that the yolks on him!
  14. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,158   +829

    Here is some more lecture to gain better insight. https://www.gatesnotes.com/Development/Why-I-Would-Raise-Chickens
  15. the nOOblet

    the nOOblet TS Rookie

    Did you even read the article before commenting?
  16. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 2,145   +1,221

    Do you know anything about bolivia?
    mbrowne5061 and ikesmasher like this.
  17. the nOOblet

    the nOOblet TS Rookie

    The article clearly talks about Bolivia not having the need for 100,000 hens, the article doesn't cover other needs their country have I may add, however your comment is out of context. Tell me how 100,000 hens are going to make Bolivia get out of poverty please?
    wiyosaya likes this.
  18. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,397   +874

    the statement that Bolivia is doing "fine" without help is not true. it's just politics.

    does it need to fix the country's problems? if a few people manage to live better thanks to the free food then the charity did it's job.
  19. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 2,145   +1,221

    With a population of ~10 million and an annual production of 190 million chickens, that means each person can only eat 19 chickens a year. Please, tell me how bolivia has this under control.
    namesrejected likes this.
  20. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,837   +1,180

    I totally believe this. Keeping the population uneducated, poor, and most importantly unarmed - is step 1, 2 and 3 in the evil dictatorship handbook. It also explains why they turned down US aid in 2013.
  21. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 894   +261

    Could also be translated to delicious cocaine!
    namesrejected likes this.
  22. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,215   +398

    lol that is the response I would expect from a government official.
  23. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +74

    Hey guys! This country was offended by the gesture and used unkind words! Let's get offended by them being offended and talk **** about them. HEY! let's all just act bigger than the next while talking **** like the next... lets do it!
    Raoul Duke likes this.
  24. Paulos7

    Paulos7 TS Member Posts: 18   +11

    Chickens? We don't need no stinking chickens!
    Uncle Al and namesrejected like this.
  25. namesrejected

    namesrejected TS Maniac Posts: 265   +181

    They come with Windows 10
    yRaz and Uncle Al like this.

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