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Buffet, Gates awarded for contributions to hunger fight

Submitted by Teresa Buerkle on October 25, 2011

World Food Program USA awarded its George McGovern Leadership Award to philanthropists Howard Buffett and Bill Gates for their contributions to the global hunger fight. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented the awards, saying that “ending hunger is not only possible, but it is both a moral and strategic imperative.”  

Secretary Clinton then joined Buffet, Gates and WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran for a conversation on efforts to address global hunger and create economic opportunity by helping small scale farmers through initiatives like WFP’s Purchase for Progress program. (View the webcast.)

In his keynote address, Vice President Joe Biden recounted a story that his wife, Jill, heard during a recent trip to the Horn of Africa from a Somali woman who was forced to leave one of her two children behind because she could no longer carry them both.

“No human being should ever have to make a choice like that,” Biden said. “A tragedy like that is a stain on the conscience of the world.”

The event also featured a panel discussion highlighting private sector efforts to address global hunger. Participants included former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Cargill Greg Page, and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah. (View the webcast.)

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