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40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World Hardcover – October 22, 2013
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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. 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.Read more ›
Simon & Schuster, 2013, 433 pages
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
This book would be of interest to anyone, not just people interested in agriculture or international development.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author has been seriously involved in increasing food production and improving lives throughout the world. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gerald L. Finkelstein
Outstanding book on the management of agricultural projects in lesser developed nations.Published 2 months ago by John A Siewert
Very good book, looks at modern and international agriculture from a logical perspective. If things like world hunger, food security and new technology in ag are of interest to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steven Schank
Excellent book. A must read for everyone. Very well written and informative. This book is able to relate to all walks of life and to the world. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bonita Haney
40 Chances is an interesting series of vignettes by Howard Buffett with useful development lessons. The book centers around the idea that we all have a limited number of chances to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by K. Kumar
Very good book about the opportunities we have in life to make a difference.Published 8 months ago by Mary R. Howe
Not every foundation or non-profit has $1 billion to work with. But that said, Howard Buffet has set out to make effective use of the money. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Elizabeth Sato