Honoring Leaders in the Fight against Hunger

By Supriya Kumar

At a recent event held in the U.S. State Department, Bill Gates and Howard G. Buffett were presented the World Food Program USA (WFP USA)’s 10th Annual George McGovern Leadership Award for their contributions to end global hunger.

Bill Gates and Howard G. Buffet were recently honored for their work to end global hunger. (Photo credit: Ralph Alswang, WFP USA)

Gates and Buffett are the joint recipients for their leadership in establishing the Purchase for Progress (P4P) program at the World Food Program (WFP).

P4P is an innovative public-private partnership helping small farmers in developing countries become suppliers for WFP’s large-scale food programs. The long-term goal of P4P is to help farmers connect to other markets and that’s already happening.  In Liberia, Sierra Leone, Zambia, and several other nations in sub-Saharan Africa (as well as in Asia and Latin America), WFP is not only buying locally, but helping small farmers gain the skills necessary to be part of the global market.

At next week’s G20 Summit in Cannes, France, Gates will deliver a report outlining how innovations and partnerships in health and agriculture can help increase global stability and put the poorest countries and people on a long-term path to economic growth and equality.

“I’ll be taking a message to the G20 that we can’t turn our backs on the world’s poorest, even in these tough economic times,” Gates said. “Our current fiscal crisis shouldn’t force cuts in programs like agriculture that build self-sufficiency, pay huge returns, and advance stability and economic growth.”

Please click here to read more about the George McGovern Leadership Award.

Supriya Kumar is a research fellow with Nourishing the Planet.

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