Did you know that chickens are one of the most common and widespread domesticated animals in the world? There are more chickens globally than any other species of bird. Now that’s a lot of chickens!
Inspired and guided by the United Nations Human Commission for Refugees and their Millennium Development Goals, we created "4 pillars" that the Cotton On Foundation cornerstone projects would operate within and be measured against; one of them being Sustainability. In partnership with communities, we work across many areas including agriculture, to create sustainable futures and this is where our humble friend the chicken, plays a vital role to people in Southern Uganda.
In both Mannya and Busibo Village the Cotton On Foundation has worked with the local communities to build chicken coops, that can house up to 500 chickens. In Mannya Village alone there are 2,800 chickens and that means a lot of eggs! The aim is to be able to provide one egg to each student per day. Eggs provide 11 different sources of vitamins and minerals, are a great source of omega 3 fats and have one of the highest nutritional quality protein of all food sources. So it’s no wonder they’re one of the community’s main food sources.
The chickens of Mannya and Busibo are fed on a diet of grains, green matter and maize, to ensure the chickens and happy and healthy and produce quality eggs. The more yellow the yolk of the egg, the higher the quality of feed has been consumed. The eggs are also a source of income and are sold in trays to merchants or markets.
In this case, the chicken came first and the people of Mannya and Busibo couldn’t be happier! Omelette anyone?
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