40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World

40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World

Howard G Buffett

Language: English

Pages: 464

ISBN: 1451687869

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


With a foreword by Warren Buffett, 40 Chances is an “inspiring manifesto…both an informative guidebook and a catalyst for igniting real changes” (Booklist) in the struggle against world hunger.

If someone granted you $3 billion to accomplish something great in the world, what would you do? In 2006, legendary investor Warren Buffett posed this challenge to his son Howard G. Buffett. Howard set out to help the most vulnerable people on earth—nearly a billion individuals who lack basic food security. And Howard gave himself a deadline: forty years to put the resources to work on this challenge.

40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World captures Howard’s journey. Beginning with his love for farming, we join him around the world as he seeks out new approaches to ease the suffering of so many. Each of the forty stories here provides a compelling look at the lessons Howard learned, ranging from his own backyard to some of the most difficult and dangerous places on Earth. But this message goes beyond the pages of this book, it’s also a mindset: a way of thinking that speaks to every person wanting to make a difference. It’s about reasons to hope and actions we can take. 40 Chances “recounts Howard’s personal and professional experiences in surprisingly candid and colorful fashion…successfully blending personal stories with a tough look at the struggle to fight domestic food scarcity and world hunger…A satisfying read” (Publishers Weekly) that provides inspiration to transform each of our limited chances into opportunities to change the world.

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for hours to buy stale bread and potatoes are now full of ice-cream parlors and sweet shops, internet cafés, and mobile phone stores. Vera and I laughed about the time we went to the countryside during my first visit, and I saw some Russian soldiers I wanted to photograph. That was strictly forbidden, so I had her pose as if I were taking her picture and then moved the lens at the last minute. Today tourists are everywhere, smiling, laughing, and snapping pictures at will. For fun, I asked HWB to

World War II vet. He wore threadbare clothing and had worked for many years at the old A. E. Staley corn processing plant in town. Life was not easy for him, and this hot meal made a difference. Sitting at a table by himself was a man whom the Good Samaritan team calls “the poet.” His name is Victor. Victor travels around with a backpack holding sheets of paper on which he writes poetry and songs. We talked for quite a while, and his story is yet another angle on hunger. He is a veteran also,

vulnerable to otherwise survivable infections such as measles. Undernutrition begins in the womb. Undernourished mothers cannot provide proper vitamins and minerals that a baby needs to develop normally. Unwell, undernourished children often lack the ability to concentrate and develop mentally, and later they lack the energy to attend school. They experience what is called stunting and never reach their full height potential. SAM victims need immediate calories and nutrients to survive a crisis,

of roving bands that would lock a family in its home and then burn it down; his was a world in which snitches were punished by punching a hole in the upper and lower lips and threading a padlock through the wounds and snapping it shut. He described once cutting open the belly of a pregnant woman because two soldiers were arguing about whether they could predict the sex of the baby she carried. I won’t continue in this vein. I have not even included the most extreme stories. I will never forget

studied at the Coulson Lab at Imperial College, University of London, and her husband, conservation ecologist Dr. Graham McCulloch. Dr. Songhurst directs the Okavango Elephants and People Research Project. Indeed, the main topic of our visit and that incredible statistic involved elephants. Botswana has the largest free-ranging elephant population in Africa, with the highest densities occurring in this northern region of the country. There are roughly 130,000 elephants in all of Botswana, but

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