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40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 22. Oktober 2013

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“This book is like Howard himself: inspiring, positive, and full of great stories. If you ever find yourself doubting that we can change the world for the better, read this and your optimism will return.” (Tony Blair)

"Howard has three passions: his devotion to the fight against hunger and misery; his love for farming; and his ability as a photographer and writer to share his amazing journey. Through the stories in 40 Chances, Howard invites all of us to join his efforts to fight poverty." (Carlos Slim)

“The Jewish Talmud teaches that if you save one life you save the entire world. Howard Buffett has lived this prescription, and in the process has saved the world many times over. 40 Chances illustrates that his commitment and passion to help folks out of poverty, at home and especially in the developing world, has had a remarkable and measurable impact on the lives of farmers and rural citizens worldwide. 40 Chances should be a primer for all our citizens on how one man has the passion to save the world, and how we can all follow his lead in our own way.” (Secretary Dan Glickman)

“Whether we are driving his combine in Illinois, meeting with farmers in Guatemala, walking across the border from Mexico to the US, or indulging in our shared loved for Dairy Queen, a day spent with Howard Buffett is one spent learning and laughing. Howard’s intellect is only surpassed by the size of his heart. This book will give readers a chance to learn from him in the way that I have and form their own plan for making the most of the 40 Chances we all have.” (Eva Longoria, Actress and Philanthropist)

"Howard Buffett's account of his long battle against food insecurity conveys his deep respect for poor farmers and his conviction that they can be empowered to feed the world. His work is amazing and will inspire you to join his crusade." (President Bill Clinton)

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Howard G. Buffett is the President of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. A farmer, businessman, politician, photographer, and philanthropist, he has dedicated his life to wildlife conservation and finding solutions to world hunger. He is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Against Hunger, and serves on the corporate boards of Berkshire Hathaway, the Coca-Cola Company, and Lindsay Corporation. His son, Howard W. Buffett, has authored several of the stories in 40 Chances and accompanied his father to developing countries around the world.

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The main argument: In the developed world, the vast majority of us enjoy a standard of living unmatched in the history of humankind—and going hungry is the last thing on our minds. Nevertheless, it cannot be said that poverty and hunger have been eradicated in the developed world entirely (in the United States, for example, 1 in 6 are considered food insecure—including 16 million children). Still, the greatest problems with poverty and hunger continue to exist in the developing world. Indeed, despite substantial improvements over the past 30 years, poverty remains a significant issue, and nearly a billion of the world’s 7 billion people still face chronic hunger (while about twice that number are malnourished in some way)—and millions starve to death every year.

It is not that many well intentioned people and organizations have not spent a great deal of time and money trying to solve the world’s poverty and hunger issues. Indeed, over the past half century the amount of resources that have been poured into these problems is staggering. So, just why do the problems of poverty and hunger stubbornly persist?

Well, at least part of it has to do with the fact that there are several significant obstacles standing in the way—everything from armed conflict, to corrupt governments, to particular cultural practices etc. Howard G. Buffet has been involved in philanthropy for upwards of 30 years, and knows these obstacles all too well. However, Buffet insists that there is yet another reason why all of the well-intentioned efforts have fallen short of reaching their ultimate goal.
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*A full summary of this book is available here: An Executive Summary of Howard G. Buffet's '40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World'

The main argument: In the developed world, the vast majority of us enjoy a standard of living unmatched in the history of humankind--and going hungry is the last thing on our minds. Nevertheless, it cannot be said that poverty and hunger have been eradicated in the developed world entirely (in the United States, for example, 1 in 6 are considered food insecure--including 16 million children). Still, the greatest problems with poverty and hunger continue to exist in the developing world. Indeed, despite substantial improvements over the past 30 years, poverty remains a significant issue, and nearly a billion of the world's 7 billion people still face chronic hunger (while about twice that number are malnourished in some way)--and millions starve to death every year.

It is not that many well intentioned people and organizations have not spent a great deal of time and money trying to solve the world's poverty and hunger issues. Indeed, over the past half century the amount of resources that have been poured into these problems is staggering. So, just why do the problems of poverty and hunger stubbornly persist?

Well, at least part of it has to do with the fact that there are several significant obstacles standing in the way--everything from armed conflict, to corrupt governments, to particular cultural practices etc. The humanitarian Howard G. Buffet has been involved in fighting poverty and hunger for upwards of 30 years, and knows these obstacles all too well. However, Buffet insists that there is yet another reason why all of the well-intentioned efforts have fallen short of reaching their ultimate goal. And that is that many of the approaches have proven to be inadequate (if not downright counter-productive).

The fact is that most of the aid flowing to the poorest parts of the world has been (and continues to be) in the form of projects that are meant to help people in the short-term. For example, NGOs commonly enter an area, drop off bags of seed and fertilizer, and then turn around and leave. This approach may help the area for a season or two, but in the end the seed and fertilizer do run out, and the community is right back to square one. Thus the approach acts more as a band-aid, than a self-sustaining solution that addresses the root causes of poverty and hunger.

Thankfully, in Buffet's 30 years of work as a philanthropist he has learned that there is indeed a better approach, and one that stands a much better chance of rooting out poverty and hunger for good. The more effective approach is much less about aid as development--less about helping people as enabling people to help themselves.

The development approach involves linking subsistence farmers up with the larger economy, and establishing a self-sustaining ecosystem that will allow this connection to be maintained into the future. It involves things like helping to establish agricultural schools and private seed companies; working with farmers to improve farming techniques and yields (and not in a way that assumes that what has worked well in one place--or one's own backyard--will work everywhere); establishing grain storage systems; physically connecting farmers to markets; and working with governments to establish and maintain the infrastructure (especially roads) needed to make the system work smoothly.

The development approach may be more involved and take longer to get off the ground, but it pays off in the end, as when it is done well, it only has to be done once (Buffet speaks often about NGOs needing to take an approach that ultimately puts themselves out of business).

And helping impoverished farmers join the larger economy is not just a matter of helping them help themselves. The fact is that the world's population is continuing to grow, while we are running out of good farmland to farm. The UN estimates that in order to feed the world's projected 9 billion people by 2050, farmers everywhere will need to increase the planet's food production by 70%. Part of the solution to this problem must involve helping the world's subsistence farmers to produce a surplus to help everyone.

But the solution doesn't end there. Farmers everywhere, including in the developed world, will need to increase their yields to meet the growing demand. However--and this is important--farmers will need to increase their yields in a sustainable way. That is, they will need to do so in a way that does not degrade the soil, or threaten the world's fresh water or woodlands--as too often happens now.

Thankfully, Buffet's experience as a farmer (which he has been practising even longer than philanthropy) has shown him that here too there is a solution. And a big part of this solution is a very straightforward approach known as no-till farming. No-till farming is an approach that eschews tilling the soil in favor of planting nitrogen-fixing cover crops. The approach not only increases water retention, saves soil, and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, it also helps increase yields (and thus it's a win-win solution). Now it's just a matter of convincing other farmers of this--which is a big part of Buffet's project.

This is a fantastic book. Don't let the fact that Buffet is the son of one of the wealthiest men on the planet dissuade you from taking him seriously. The author may have had a head start in life, but he stands on his own two legs, and he has used his privileged position to help him gain perspective (rather than let it make him arrogant and entitled). Anyone interested in the hunger problem (and the best way to approach it) would be well advised to read this book. A full summary of the book is available here: An Executive Summary of Howard G. Buffet's '40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World'
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Howard Buffet writes about world hunger from points of view not often aired. His ideas are fresh, his concern is real, and his writing skills make his ideas easy to understand. Each chapter contains a different kind of story. These are written so fluidly that you are engaged from the first sentence. Some of the chapters were contributed by his son, who seems to have inherited the talent.
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HASH(0x9bf73e1c) von 5 Sternen Honing Hope into State-of-the-Art Tools to Build Beyond Hunger 6. November 2013
Von Ellen F. Weber - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Poverty and health problems can create an amazing reason to feel down, look at negatives and give up. The recession proved daily that life simply bears down too hard for many of us to take another hopeful step forward.

In the midst of economic and leadership struggles we admire folks like Howard and Warren Buffett who spot solutions and toss talent, promise and resources into leading innovative change.

We're drawn to those who guide the most vulnerable among us into a finer place. We find such inspiration page-after-page in Howard Buffett's inspiring new book, "Forty Chances."

We read first hand here, how to hone hope into state-of-the-art tools. From the first narrative we hear the clock ticking with the Buffets, who begin to build optimism by reshaping prosperity for those who've all but given up. Those who recognize the human brain's proclivity to progress, will also spot dozens of ways in this classic volume to act simply - and persist successfully - on the other side of loss.

Regardless of challenges we all face in tough climates of loss and change we find doable inspiration to move forward. With each bare-boned story of struggle we dip into what Buffet shows to be brilliant brainpower for the worst of times.

Here at the Mita International Brain Center, we've admired the integrity, care and forward thinking genius that exists in the Buffett family. Yet this book shows a unique compassion for those left at the fringes as our fast paced advancements too often tread down on the most vulnerable among us.

Rather than live above heart-wrenching difficulties that so many face daily in their struggle to feed families or get well, the Buffets become the change they seek. Bravo!

This book's hub connects us globally - far beyond simply "treating others as we'd like to be treated." We're inspired to run with passion. We're called to help save the world from poverty and hunger that kills hope and assassinates any sense of wonder or worth that we can all achieve together.

Philanthropy in the Buffet clan, shows itself to be playfully alive, well- packed with a humorous punch - and cast well in Buffett's family dream of alleviating world hunger.

We all relate in some areas of our lives to the book's maxim that when we receive much we are required to give back more. So sign me up for the Buffett's well articulated plan to help end world hunger and poverty over the next century. No question, alongside the Buffet's impressive $3 billion offerings to ramp up food and water security, my own offering seems shockingly small.

Yet the hope and delight I see in Buffett's new book, "Forty Chances" offers a new glimpse of refreshing opportunities for each of us to participate in this adventure. Imagine the human and divine legacy - as together we help end global hunger!

Through each chapter of the book I found myself adding brain based underpinnings to showcase Buffet's riveting mix of 40 humorous, heart-breaking and inspired vignettes. Much like recent brain discoveries show value in the anatomy of hope, Buffet shows how life improves when we act from within genuine and lived compassion for all.

Stories in this book follow Buffet's willingness to stand on front lines, and step beyond challenges to overcome sometime daunting odds. We needn't all travel to his "lost" cities where people "once wondered where their next meal would come from" to see how together we can help lift people beyond food insecurity. We see brokenness from every global corner, compelling us to invest more in others.

As Buffett models brilliantly and also suggests how to roll out practical ways to impact the world positively, we contrast current leadership approaches we've cultivated. With his reminder and our own observations that bureaucracy rarely comes up with the provisions it promises, and rarely solves complex problems it confronts, we can feel daunted by our inabilities to make a difference.

Yet Buffett convinces us to focus together on the outcomes many crave! Rather than settle for tired programs, policies and traditions, this life-changing book woos us to operate from where we stand, but with far larger promises in mind.
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HASH(0x9d608f8c) von 5 Sternen Pessimistic Optimist are great people. 3. Dezember 2013
Von Michael Marsden - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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FORTY CHANCES by Howard G. Buffett with H. W. Buffett
Simon & Schuster, 2013, 433 pages
ISBN 978-1-4516-8786-6

I was very skeptical about learning anything from this book. Howard G. Buffett’s father is a Billionaire, what could he tell me, I grew up in the real world. I was wrong, I learned a great deal from this book. The title is the key, Forty Chances. Howard is a farmer and the premise of the book is “a farmer can expect 40 chances or growing seasons to get it right.” The object of farming is to feed people not to just get a crop to market. Howard begins with farming and quickly links feeding people to places where people are starving. Starvation is linked solidly to farming failure in those locations often due to conflict. You can’t farm when a war is going on. There are other obstacles to successful farming around the world. In 40 stories (actually 41 stories) Howard details why some places in the world people cannot feed themselves. The complete title to this book is FORTY CHANCES - Finding Hope in a Hungry World. Finding hope is not preached but discovered as the 40 stories unfold. There are many dimensions to the problem of farming in the world from land ownership, seed available to social norms. I must compliment Howard for using these 40 stories to present the problems. They add creditability to the conditions he describes and to the possible solutions he presents. This is not a Billionaire telling how he thinks others should do things; this is a farmer sharing his concern, failures and successes. Thank you Howard I learned a great deal.
Michael Andrew Marsden – The North Idaho Ghost Writer
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HASH(0x9bd604e0) von 5 Sternen Worth the Read, Insightful from a local and global perspective. 5. März 2014
Von Kat C. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
World food security is something we all need to understand as it touches every life on the planet, both human and animal. From topsoil, contract farming (who knew!), elephants in Africa and war/unrest all over the globe - food plays the key role. How food secure is your city? Your schools? Your elderly community? Your neighbor? I learned a lot from the book and also asked myself "What am I doing with MY 40 Chances"? I chose this for my Book Club read and anticipate a great conversation about world hunger, hunger at home and insight into each person's 40 chances to make their life matter.
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