Harvesting the Potential Farming to Feed the World
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About Harvesting The Potential

Nearly 850 million people worldwide are food insecure. That is nearly 1 in 8 people who do not know where their next meal will come from, including 48 million people in the United States.

The U.S., as one of the top agricultural producers and exporters, plays a critical role in feeding the world. But that job is getting more difficult, with increasing populations, greater demand for food, and less land on which to grow crops. An estimated 24.1 million acres of agricultural land in the United States has been lost to development since 1982. Consequently, farmers everywhere face increasing pressure to increase yields on less acreage and in some cases, more degraded soils.

One solution to meeting the world’s food production needs with increasingly limited natural resources is conservation agriculture

“Harvesting the Potential (HTP): Farming to Feed the World” is an initiative to raise awareness about and promote adoption of conservation agriculture practices, including no-till, strip-till, cover crops, crop rotation and nutrient management. Our goal is to develop and share credible, farmer- led research and educational resources to encourage the adoption of these practices and demonstrate an improved return on investment for farmers and farmers’ impact on our world.

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About The Howard G. Buffett Foundation

Established in 1999, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation’s mission is to improve the standard of living and quality of life for the world’s most impoverished and marginalized populations. This requires adequate resources to reach food security. Achieving global food security requires solutions from all countries, including the United States. The U.S. must assess and improve on its domestic agricultural practices and policies if we are to remain a leader in addressing hunger, malnutrition and food security throughout the world. For more information about the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, please visit www.thehowardgbuffettfoundation.org.

About Howard G. Buffett

Mr. Buffett is Chairman and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, a private charitable foundation investing in global food security and conflict mitigation. He oversees a 1,500-acre family farm in central Illinois and farms with his son in Nebraska. He oversees four foundation-operated research farms in Arizona, Illinois, Nebraska and South Africa totaling 18,500 acres.

Mr. Buffett currently serves on the Corporate Boards of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., The Coca Cola Company, and Lindsay Corporation. He has served on the boards of Archer Daniels Midland, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., ConAgra Foods, Agro Tech Foods, and Sloan Implement. He is a member of the Commission on Presidential Debates and a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Against Hunger on behalf of the World Food Programme. He has been honored over the years for his leadership and contributions to agriculture, conservation, journalism and philanthropy.

Mr. Buffett serves as an Auxiliary Deputy Sheriff and Undersheriff in Macon County, Illinois. He has traveled to 139 countries and authored eight books on conservation, wildlife, and the human condition, including the New York Times bestseller 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World. Mr. Buffett is the executive producer of Virunga, an award-winning and Academy Award-nominated documentary about Africa's oldest national park.