All sectors have united around an unprecedented initiative that is making significant headway in eradicating global hunger. With U.S. leadership — like that provided by Buffett, Gates, and Shah — guiding the way, the global community has united around a plan to transform the lives of millions of the world’s small-scale farmers, who comprise about one-half of those who suffer from hunger. Governments and humanitarian organizations are not alone in this endeavor, with major corporations like Cargill joining the effort because they understand that as work is done to reduce hunger and poverty, the global economy will grow and thrive.
World Food Program USA, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, hosted on October 24, 2011, a global hunger conference at the U.S. Department of State to highlight the contributions made by Howard Buffett and Bill Gates to global hunger efforts and to discuss the importance of public and private sector efforts in addressing global hunger.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton presented WFP USA’s George McGovern Leadership Award to Mr. Buffett and Mr. Gates in recognition of their leadership in establishing the World Food Program’s Purchase for Progress initiative which helps transition small-scale farmers from extreme poverty and chronic hunger into active participants in agricultural markets.
The keynote speaker of the evening was Vice President Joe Biden.
Source: World Food Program USA (WFP USA) is a nonprofit organization that builds support in the United States to end global hunger. WFP USA engages individuals and organizations, shapes public policy, and generates resources for the United Nations World Food Program and other hunger relief operations