Disrupting food insecurity in Africa

Ethio Chicken Ethiopia Finnfund Intro Africa

What can we learn from EthioChicken?

Stunted growth among children fell from 51 to 38 percent in the Tigray province of Ethiopia, a country where 47% of children experience stunting due to extreme malnourishment, after Ethiochicken started operating there.

This is good news for a continent which is home to 43 of the 86 countries defined as low-income and food-deficient.

In Ethiopia, around 48-53% are stunted. In Ethiopia it’s very common to feed the kids bread in the morning but these days they have started giving them an egg with the bread.

Dr. Fseha Tesfu
Sales & Marketing Director

Poverty is the most frequent cause of chronic hunger, where people cannot afford to purchase or produce enough food for themselves and their families, yet ironically, ninety percent of Africans living in poverty are rural dwellers, where farming and herding remain the main means of livelihood. 

Ensuring the basic right of people to the food they need is one of the biggest challenges facing the world community and Ethiochicken’s ethos of targeting rural households as main consumers has an inherent impact in that it benefits those most vulnerable. They are the first company to pull it off this model at such scale in sub- Saharan Africa, scalability which can empower more agents and reach more rural homes, where eggs are viewed as a basic healthy staple rich in protein. 

Ethio Chicken, Photo: Thought Leader Global Media for Finnfund
Ethio Chicken, Photo: Thought Leader Global Media for Finnfund

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