Summary of 40 Chances

Finding Hope in a Hungry World

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40 Chances book summary
Howard G. Buffett, American farmer, philanthropist and corporate scion, explores ways to end food insecurity.


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Do you know that you’ll have dinner tonight? If so, you’re lucky. Nearly a billion people around the world are “food-insecure.” Howard G. Buffett – an Illinois farmer and president of an eponymous foundation endowed by his famous father, billionaire Warren E. Buffett – scours the globe for projects that will help end world hunger. Just as a farmer brings in about 40 harvests over a lifetime, author Buffett tells 40 stories about lessons he’s learned in philanthropy about trying to make a difference. He travels to dozens of countries, funds programs that work and diagnoses efforts that don’t succeed. He and his son Howard W. Buffett describe their work and their findings in this engaging book. getAbstract recommends their illuminating treatise to budding philanthropists; to those interested in conservation farming, sustainability, social issues and food security; and to everyone who knows what’s for dinner.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Howard G. Buffett began his quest to solve global food insecurity;
  • How some programs, policies and people worldwide make a positive impact; and
  • Why some well-intentioned programs and policies are not effective.


Solving World Hunger
Howard G. Buffett runs “a private foundation focused on addressing global food insecurity.” He also notes, “I farm 1,500 acres in central Illinois.” His father, billionaire investor Warren E. Buffett, gave Howard an enormous grant to start a philanthropic foundation...
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About the Authors

Howard G. Buffett, son of Warren E. Buffett, chairs the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and oversees 1,500 acres in Illinois. He farms in Illinois with his son, Howard W. Buffett, who is also active in conservation.

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