Food security focus of Buffett speech at Purdue Ag Fish Fry

January 9, 2012

Howard G. Buffett

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Farmer and philanthropist Howard G. Buffett will speak on the need for global food security in his featured presentation during the annual Purdue University Agricultural Alumni Association Fish Fry on Feb. 4 on the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

Information on tickets, parking permits and on-site child care for the event in the Marsh Blue Ribbon Pavilion is available at or by calling the Agricultural Alumni office at 765-494-8593.

Buffett, son of billionaire philanthropist Warren Buffett, operates a 1,240-acre farm in central Illinois, manages a 400-acre, family-owned farm in eastern Nebraska, and oversees two research farms the Howard G. Buffett Foundation owns: a 1,300-acre farm in Decatur, Ill., and a 9,200-acre operation in South Africa.

Buffett started the foundation in 1999 with the primary mission of addressing global food security through sustainable agricultural production and improved resource management. The foundation provides $40 million to $55 million annually in grant funding primarily in Africa, Latin America and the United States. In the past decade, it has funded projects in more than 74 countries.

About 1 billion of the world's nearly 7 billion people suffer from chronic hunger because of economic, social, political and environmental conditions, and the need for greater food security will continue to increase as the population grows. Scientists project that agriculture will need to double plant and animal production by 2050, producing it more efficiently and safely on less farmland, to meet the needs of a population expected to reach 9 billion people.

The Fish Friday will begin at 11:30 a.m. EST, following the annual Ag Forecast. Tickets are $20 each or $200 for a table of 10.
Writer: Keith Robinson, 765-494-2722,

Source: Danica Kirkpatrick, 765-494-9113,

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