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Buffett: New approach needed on hunger in Africa

Philanthropist Howard Buffett says hunger in Africa can only be solved by focusing on the needs of African farmers, not imposing on African farmers what works on American farms.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Philanthropist Howard Buffett says hunger in Africa can only be solved by focusing on the needs of African farmers, not imposing on African farmers what works on American farms.

Buffett was a keynote speaker Wednesday at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, where he said high-tech seeds that enhance yields are only part of the solution.

Buffett says a variety of approaches are needed to adapt to the soil conditions in Africa.

He says small-scale farmers in Africa, may not have access to the technology and the training that is required, or can't afford it. He also says imposing that technology on African farmers can also be dangerous and cost lives.

The World Food Prize was founded by Normal Borlaug, an Iowa native who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to increase food production in developing nations with the use of hybrid crops. Borlaug, who died in 2009, was knows as the father of the "Green Revolution."