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Speaking at the Peterson Foundation today, Bill Clinton called all the Hillary 2016 speculation a waste of time.

Bill Clinton Says Hillary ‘Hasn’t Mentioned’ 2016 Run to Him

By Abby Phillip

May 7, 2013 12:25pm

 

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When two titans like President Bill Clinton and Microsoft founder Bill Gates share the same stage, the subject inevitably turns to the political futures of their wives.

“I don’t think Melinda is going to run for president,” Gates joked today.

Clinton was even less decisive about the prospect of Hillary Clinton‘s running for president in 2016.

“She hasn’t mentioned it to me, either,” Clinton said, speaking at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s 2013 Fiscal Summit in Washington, prompting laughter from the audience.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I know this: that is the worst expenditure of our time,” Clinton said.

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Bill Clinton said it is “frustrating” that the conversation has gone back to politics so soon after the 2012 elections.

“She’s taking a role in the foundation, she’s writing books, she’s having a little fun being a private citizen for the first time in 20 years,” Clinton said. “We need to be worried about the work at hand. All of us do. So whoever the next president is has an easier set of choices.”

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Judging from this picture taken at yesterday’s Mid-Year meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative,  the most-traveled secretary of state in history is very happy to be home with her husband and working with her family.

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When you demand that she put in additional service, you are also telling her that because she is Hillary Clinton she does not have the same right as every other American to be with her family after serving her country and to retire from public service.   Let’s allow her to enjoy this and take the pressure off!

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With Angela Merkel and our Hillary Clinton topping the ridiculously unbalanced  Forbes list of 100 Most Powerful Women,  I did not have much hope for a more serious list of Most Powerful Couples of 2012.   I was not wrong.  The Clintons top the list with the Gateses #2 and the Obamas #3, but beyond #5, Diane Sawyer and Mike Nichols,  this list is as wildly incoherent as the list of powerful women – maybe more so.


Here is the gallery.

One might argue that this is a more difficult list to develop since both members must exert power, but like the 100 Most Powerful Women list, this one is most eloquent in who is missing.   Where are foundation head  Cherie and Quartet Envoy Tony Blair?  They are less important than entertainers, models, and sports figures?

Seriously?  Shakira and Gerard Pique?  Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady?  They merit appearing on this list?  Beyonce and Jay-Z outrank Christane Amanpour and Jaimie Rubin,  Diane Von Furstenberg and Barry Diller, AND Tina Brown and Harold Evans?  Why Ellen DeGeneres and Portia?  Where is the “Portia power?”  Seems they were gratuitously included just to have a gay couple there, but to rank them above Tina Brown whose Newsweek endorsed Romney a few days ago and Evans, whose September Condé Nast Traveler features in depth coverage of a tour of Asia by the secretary of state seems patently ridiculous.

Forbes, please be serious.  We love seeing our Clintons honored, but give it some heft.

The World’s Most Powerful Couples In 2012

Jenna Goudreau, Forbes Staff

Who says women can’t have it all? On the 2012 FORBES list of the world’s 100 most powerful women, 70% are married, with an average 2.1 kids. Often, these women don’t do it alone. Some have the help of extended family or a stay-at-home husband. Others marry their power equals and scramble to make it work. Here’s a look at the world’s most powerful couples, and what it takes to house two top careers under one roof.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and current U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton together form the world’s top power pair. Hillary, the second most powerful woman in the world, made history as one of a handful of women to ever run for U.S. president. In her current role, she is the nation’s chief foreign advisor and is constantly on the go, traveling to over 40 countries in 2012 alone. Meanwhile, Bill served two presidential terms as ruler of the world’s largest economy and remains an active diplomat today.

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Remarks at Presenting the World Food Program USA’s George McGovern Leadership Award to Howard G. Buffett and Bill Gates

Remarks

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Benjamin Franklin Room
Washington, DC
October 24, 2011

Thank you all. Thank you, please be seated and welcome here to the Benjamin Franklin Room on the eighth floor of the State Department. It is such a pleasure to have you here for this event, which means a great deal to all of us, where we get to recognize two outstanding philanthropists and champions in the fight against global hunger.We are delighted to host this event at the State Department because we believe that ending hunger is not only possible, but it is both a moral and strategic imperative. And you know better than most why that happens to be the case. Not only will millions of lives be saved, but we will also promote stability and prosperity and security.

Now, with us are a number of the leaders in the fight against global hunger. We’re going to hear from three of them in just a minute: of course, Bill Gates, Howard Buffett, and Josette Sheeran. And also, you’ve already heard from or perhaps you have spotted in the crowd Dan Glickman and Greg Page. And I want to once again thank Richard Leach for his work in promoting this important event and the incredible commitment that it represents. I want to thank Raj Shah for his leadership and passion about this issue as well.

We heard from the Vice President earlier, and I was delighted that he could join us. He came not only because his commitment to the issue, but because Hunter Biden will be the next chair. And that, I think, says a great deal about the importance that this issue has to the Biden family.

So there are many of you who are part of this amazing effort that is represented by the World Food Program’s USA commitment and all of you who are part of making its work happen.

I have the very pleasant task of not only introducing two people who need no introduction, but formally providing them with an award that I was honored to receive last year on behalf of the Obama Administration’s efforts in our effort to try to coordinate and focus our nutrition and food security and emergency response programs.

The Obama Administration is trying to make sure that fewer people go to bed hungry, more agricultural producers have the support they need to improve their crop yields, access markets, and provide nutrition. And this year, I am delighted to present the McGovern Award to two of America’s leading voices and activists on agricultural development, and our close partners in the Feed the Future Initiative.

You probably don’t think they need an introduction, but I want to introduce their work, because really that’s what they’re here for, because of what they are doing.

The focus that they have brought to individual smallholder farmers has been really a change agent in the world of fighting hunger and improving food security. Everyone knows that 60 to 70 percent of the world’s farmers labor on small plots, primarily for themselves and their families, with the hope that there will also be some left over for the purpose of increasing their incomes.

If we help those farmers produce more, they’ll be able to provide a greater base of nutrition and security for their families, with some left over to sell. And if we can increase steadily and surely access to markets with fair prices for crops and livestock, they may even be able to earn a profit, which they can put back into their families and their communities. And I think that the goal that all of us have through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the United States Government, and others, is to drive toward that vision.

Now, the Gates Foundation has focused on research and development to improve the yield of staple crops upon which much of the world depends. And they do work to strengthen farmers’ access to markets and help countries improve their agricultural policies to encourage widespread economic growth. And I am especially grateful that the Foundation makes sure every grant supports an optimal role for women – because fostering women in agriculture is one of the most effective ways to increase production and nutritional outcomes.

Similarly, the Buffett Foundation supports groundbreaking research to improve soil health, including through the use of no-tillage farming. Howard Buffett is encouraging people to think about a “brown revolution” that will do for Africa what the Green Revolution did for India and Southeast Asia. And he is a tireless advocate for localized solutions that combine better seeds with appropriate techniques that can benefit smallholder farmers.

Both foundations try to make the most of their investments. Together with the World Food Program, the organizations helped launch the Purchase for Progress program, or P4P. Now, P4P buys food locally so the World Food Program’s aid benefits both families in need and nearby farmers. In just three years, P4P has proven itself a powerful tool to help break the cycle of both hunger and poverty.

Supporting such innovation and delivering results are also the basis of the Obama Administration’s Feed the Future initiative. We have pledged at least $3.5 billion over three years to help our partner countries increase value along the entire agricultural chain – from fields to markets to homes. And that is the central pillar of our commitment to finding sustainable, long-term solutions to the hunger crisis.

But working toward a future where no one goes hungry is just one prong in our approach. We obviously cannot and will not ignore the pressing and immediate needs for millions of people who are malnourished or starving today.

The Vice President spoke about the Horn of Africa and the over 13 million people who are at risk of starvation and malnutrition. Tens of thousands of people, mostly children, have already died. And in Somalia, we face the unpleasant reality of al-Shabaab curtailing access for relief workers and denying people food and medical aid. As many as 750,000 people are currently experiencing famine-level conditions. And of course, that then sparks a refugee crisis so that tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing in the hope of both safety and nourishment.

The United States is a leading partner in these relief efforts. And thanks to the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network, we were able to pre-position food aid and respond quickly. We have already committed almost $650 million for food and humanitarian assistance. And today, I am pleased to announce that we are providing an additional $100 million, primarily in food assistance, for drought-affected areas in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia. And this new funding will help us reach more people and support our humanitarian commitment well into 2012.

So we are trying to address hunger on all fronts – providing emergency aid, building resilience, investing in solutions that will have lasting effects, seeking innovations that will help us mitigate crises now and in the future. And in our efforts, we are absolutely dependent upon our partnerships from the private and philanthropic sectors.

Now, we will be discussing this in our discussion, although I told Josette, Bill, and Howard that I wanted to listen more than talk, because they’re the ones on the front line actually delivering what we hope to see make a difference.

But it now is great honor to present Bill Gates and Howard Buffett with the 2011 George McGovern Award for Leadership in the Fight Against Hunger. I’m going to congratulate you both. You’re not going to have to get up. These beautiful awards are here for you to be able to take on your way out. But congratulations to you both, and thank you for what you’re doing. (Applause.)

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A Conversation With Howard G. Buffett, Bill Gates, and Josette Sheeran, World Food Program Executive Director, Focusing on Efforts to Address Global Hunger and Create Economic Opportunity

Remarks

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 24, 2011

MS. SHEERAN: Well, we’ll give you your chance now. Secretary Clinton, I know that you want to listen and not speak, but before we let you off the hook, this is the 50thanniversary of the creation of the World Food Program. It was created with the idea that peace cannot be built on an empty stomach, after the experience of a war-ravaged Europe was stalked by hunger and malnutrition, and the power of interventions to transform countries and stability. And it’s still going strong, but it’s been rare in our history that we’ve seen a foreign minister, and then presidents and prime ministers, get behind the fight for the hungry, and then such transformational business leaders as this. So the powerful alliance here on the stage really marks a moment in time here, and we want to thank you for bringing us all to the State Department and for bringing the fight to hunger right here. So thank you. (Applause.)SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you for that. Thank you.

MS. SHEERAN: And I would just like to ask each of you, to open, why should this be the business of foreign ministers, presidents, and prime ministers, G8s and G20s? And why are you hopeful, why did you personally get involved in the fight against hunger?

Maybe Bill?

MR. GATES: All right. (Laughter.) Well, Howie’s the farmer here, so he can speak the knowledge. I’m the city boy on the panel. For me —

MR. BUFFETT: He’s done okay – (laughter).

MR. GATES: For our foundation, as we looked at what the great inequities are, we really kept coming back to health and agriculture as the two that topped the list. Whether you look at the nutrition needs that, if they’re not fully met, mean that a child doesn’t develop their full potential and the kind of economic impact that has, or if they have childhood diseases, and that tends to interact with – if you have diarrhea, you have malaria fevers, you’re not getting enough food, that makes things even tougher. It raises the chance of dying. It raises the chance that you’ll have some lifelong disability. And we were able to see that if you can raise these incomes, then farmers will choose to send their kids to school. And it changes livelihoods very quickly. I think it’s a World Bank study that said that of all the different development dollars, the one that has the most immediate impact on poverty reduction is investment in agriculture.

Now, of course there’s a time scale here. There’s the acute needs, like we’re seeing in the Horn of Africa right now, that are very, very important. And WFP takes the lead on those and does a fantastic job. Then there’s the longer-term issues of creating the seeds, the soil improvements, the delivery systems so that farmers can have this increased productivity. And I was pretty stunned to see the gap in productivity between different locations within Africa or between Africa and the United States. And so the potential really is there.

For the urban poor, our food productivity is going to mean more food security, less volatility in prices. And food is a major part of their budget, unlike in rich countries where we sort of – food is such a small percentage. For them, not only are they not able to buy as much as they want, but instability is actually one of the results when you have food price spikes coming along.

So the idea that we could back some scientists, we could back people in country – particularly in Africa, which is where the focus of our work is – it looked like an intervention that had big payback. Some of it’s been dairies, some coffee. The bulk of it has been staple crops because those are quite important. There had been some underinvestment in this area. About four years ago, the world sort of looked around and said that food aid and agriculture investment had come down, and that really was a mistake. World Bank and others decided, okay, we need to rev that back up. And so a lot of energy’s been put into it. Unfortunately, it comes at a tough time for increasing these amounts, but some new money is – has come into it. And I’m quite optimistic that we can raise productivity and have pretty dramatic effects because of that.

MS. SHEERAN: Howard.

MR. BUFFETT: I think when you ask the question why would a prime minister or president care about this, it’s pretty simple: self-interest. A hungry country doesn’t do very well. And so I think that at some point, anybody that has much of an IQ in a leadership position figures out that they’re going to have a problem. And we’ve seen it really surface in the last two or three years with 30 countries having food riots. We’ve seen a lot of activity even more recently – again recently. And I think it’s just self perseveration at some point. So I think there’s a self interest that drives it.

How we got involved in agriculture is a little less sophisticated than how Bill got involved it. But I remember back in 1992, Dennis Avery said to me, “Howard, no one’s going to starve to save a tree.” And I thought about that for a little bit. And I had been going around the world very engaged in conservation, and all of the sudden, I stopped looking – when I was on the Sarengeti, I thought I’m going to go meet these leaders of the villages and I’m going to see what their problems are. And so Dennis’s statement drove me in a very different direction.

And then we spent about a decade funding programs a certain way, that is more the traditional development way. And Jerry Steiner, who may be here somewhere – Jerry took me down to a project that they have in Chiapas, Mexico, and I realized just kind of like what I’d heard 15 years earlier. What I saw there was that there was a better way to do this. I always kid Bill because he’s always got a book under his arm and he reads more books than I could ever read, and he figures it out by reading it, and sometimes I have to see it. And Jerry took me and saw this, and I thought we have to do this differently. Our money, our investment, can be leveraged in a different way, and we can get better results than what we’re getting. And we just weren’t doing it the way we needed to do it. And it was a great opportunity for me to say we need to change how we do it.

But agriculture to me has been – I mean, it’s been most of my life. And my mom always says I didn’t have enough Tonka Toys when I was a little boy, and so I have big tractors now, I guess. I don’t know. (Laughter.)

MS. SHEERAN: And Secretary Clinton.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Josette, I think that what Bill and Howard said is really at the core of it. I mean, for a country like our own, I think there are four baskets of considerations, basically; one, the moral and humanitarian. It is the right thing to do. If you come from a country as blessed as ours, with the resources we have and the food we take for granted, it is an obligation to try to help those who are in need.

Secondly, the security and strategic considerations that are certainly evident as you listen to both Bill and Howard, the fact that hungry people and hungry countries and poorly managed agricultural systems lead to all sorts of problems that not only cause misery within but very often without as well. So you have refugee flows; you have poor agricultural practices that destroy top soil, create erosion, accelerate the impact of climate change, cause conflict; as the Vice President said earlier, Darfur, which is a classic conflict between pastoralists and herders. And so strategically, you have a ripple effect and repercussions that keep rolling and don’t stop in one localized place where people are suffering and hungry and where their land is poorly managed or not producing, or where whether is not cooperating.

Thirdly, there are historic reasons. I’m very proud of the role that the United States played in the ’60s and ’70s with the Green Revolution in India and elsewhere, which had a tremendous impact on creating the conditions for people to take care of themselves with the right investments and the right inputs and tools. And then we moved away from those front-end investments and really moved a lot of our agriculture and hunger and food investments to the back end, where we kind of waited for disasters and crises and failures to occur. And when this Administration came in, we thought that doesn’t add up. I mean, we ought to get back into the business of helping to improve agriculture, focus on who produces most of the food, recognizing that we’re going to have to produce about – last figure I saw – 70 percent more food in the next 20 or 30 years to keep up with population growth and to make it affordable and accessible.

And then the final considerations are the pragmatic, practical ones, is we know how to do this. I mean, we do have a lot of really good knowledge and skills that can be shared if we go about it in the appropriate way. So I think for all those reasons the Obama Administration really, right off the bat, decided that we wanted to take a look at our food and nutrition programs, our agriculture programs, and try to begin to sort out what worked, what didn’t work, emphasize the former, not the latter, build a broader international consensus.

I mean, Josette has done a terrific job at the World Food Program, sort of making the case, being an advocate for the program. Yes, it was born of the disasters of World War II and the great hunger that swept across so much of Eurasia and killed many millions of people. But it’s also true that this institution needed more partners. It needed a better international consensus about what could be done and what would work. So I’m very proud of the fact that we’ve made this decision, we have realigned our priorities and programs, and I think we’re better positioned to be effective in our efforts.

MS. SHEERAN: Thank you. And today we’re honoring the commitment that both Bill and Howard have made to Purchasing for Progress, which was really a simple idea to say if we’re purchasing 80 percent of the food we purchase, WFP and other partners in the developing world, can we involve the very farmers who would be hungry and dependent on food aid because they can’t connect to markets to help supply that food and help feed the world? It requires very patient – it’s a more patient market, P for P, and that it can work with these farmers.

But I’d like to ask each of you why you decided to support P for P and what you think its promise and potential is?

MR. BUFFETT: Well, patience isn’t in my vocabulary. But I think for me it kind of evolved, spending a little time in Guatemala with Villam, spending a time in Zambia with David Stevenson, both country directors at WFP, seeing very similar activity to this. And as I said earlier, Josette, it took the leadership at the top of WFP to make it happen. And it wasn’t very hard for me to figure out that this was a great idea. And it didn’t take me too long to see that this was something that we should support.

One of the things that we’ve struggled with for a long time was, as we supported projects, we could never see or figure out what’s the exit strategy, I mean what gets us – when we leave, we go home, the money’s gone. And slowly I realized that – I’m a slow learner – but I realized that the market is an incredible exit strategy. And with WFP’s ability to leverage the purchasing, we could really have an impact on not just large numbers of farmers, but we might be able to set up a model that, with certain modifications, could be transferred to different parts. And it truly moves farmers into a competitive environment with the tools so that they can compete long-term. So when I saw all of that, it wasn’t very hard for me to think this is something we really should be supporting.

MR. GATES: Yeah. I totally agree with that. The thing we saw is that when you look at food aid, you want to be as responsive as possible, and so having all of it come many thousands of miles away isn’t going to be – shouldn’t be your only source for that food, and increasing aggregate demand in Africa for the farmers who were doing well seemed like a very positive thing. But I think the biggest thing is more qualitative, which is that a lot of the small holders, in terms of how they store their output, how they maintain the quality of that output, have not – nobody has worked with them so that they can sell into the bigger markets.

If you take the rice market in Nigeria – Nigeria is a gigantic importer of rice. They actually have a goal over the next four years to not – to be able to be self-sufficient in rice, and they should be if you just looked at the acreage they have. But a lot of is that the post-harvest processing, the kernels get broken, they get a lot of dirt and sand in with the rice, and compared to the almost perfect rice coming out of Asia, there’s not a willingness to buy it.

And so having a sophisticated buyer like WFP, who because of the funds from the Buffett Foundation and ourselves could go in there and take the time to help either create cooperatives or to work with them, make a commitment so that they can buy the equipment or invest in new storage techniques, even when WFP’s not there as a buyer, these people have learned how to sell into a much broader market. And that’s a great thing for Africa. It’s a great thing for these farmers. And we certainly have seen even in these first few years some significant success in drawing farmer into commerce that were not participating before.

MS. SHEERAN: Secretary Clinton, it has always struck me that hunger can either be seen as a huge problem or a huge opportunity, because everyone has to eat, and it creates jobs up and down the value chain. And one thing that you have done with Raj Shah and others is to really focus on the private sector partnerships. I’m just looking at BCG’s work and Yum! and so many others here in the audience. We have – private sector, raise your hand. (Laughter.) We have so many partners here that now are being brought into the fold. But what is the power – the transformative power that you think and potential of these new alliances to tackle age-old challenges like hunger and malnutrition?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I think it builds off of what Howard just said. I mean, you want to create a market. You want to be able to create enough demand and quality supply so that people are able to move forward themselves. And for a lot of reasons that the experts in the audience know far better than I, there have been so many disruptions and difficulties in so many places in the world in doing just that. So I think our private sector companies, some of whom are represented here, have expertise, have the skills, have the investment, to really help the whole supply chain improve. And I don’t think there’s any way we can anticipate meeting the needs of the current and future population unless there’s a heavy, market-driven component.

So much of what we’ve tried to do is to latch up the aid and investment sides of the equation. And what both Howard and Bill do so well is they straddle that. They’re able to bring both sides together. We’ve been working in so many countries to persuade them to open up their own markets to our large companies that will bring expertise, which they currently do not have. And Bill mentioned the whole issue of storage. I mean, it’s a nightmare in so many countries. I mean, you have the problems that Bill talked about in Nigeria. Well, India, 40 percent of the harvest is lost because there is no storage system, both either dry or cold storage.

So I think bringing in private sector partners, who understand what a quality supply chain looks like and how a market can grow once you have competitive products that are going to be affordable in the local market and then maybe even available for export, is absolutely essential to how we see the vision of Feed the Future.

MS. SHEEREN: We have come to a (inaudible) not just about (inaudible) so what is the content of those kilocalories? And if we look also at the face of hunger, it is very often a woman. If we look at the face of small farming, it’s very often a woman. Are there ways to look at the value-added production – I know this is – are issues that all of you have looked at – in order to combine the cause of fighting hunger and malnutrition? And I will just say that both these foundations put us under great rigor. Ken Davies is here, who runs this program, to ensure that at least half the beneficiaries were women. And they’re less organized as farmers than others, but can we – you mentioned that in your speech. Can we just touch on the special imperative, I think, to address that particular aspect.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I recall when you started this emphasis with P4P and both the Gates and the Buffett Foundations’ requirement that half the recipients be women, there were a lot of people who say, “Why? Why would you make that? That seems like political correctness.” And there was an enormous lack of knowledge, I guess is the most polite way I can say it – (laughter) – about the fact that 60 to 70 percent of the people who labor in the fields are women. And they are an invisible part of the economy and certainly of agricultural production. I’m sure that Bill and Howard have had the same experience I’ve had in talking with ministers of this, that, and the other in many countries, and talk about focusing on women smallholder farmers. Why? What does that have to do with producing enough food to feed our people and keep the prices down and all the rest of it?

So I really give the three people up here and their able teams a lot of credit for helping to push into greater visibility with those of us who work and care about this area know, which is if you don’t focus on women, if you’re trying to improve agricultural production, and really the whole chain in access and affordability, we’re not going to be successful. So it’s not only the smart thing to do, it’s the right thing to do. And it is harder to empower women. Often they don’t own the land that they farm. They’re often pushed off the land if their husband dies and they have no stake in it, even though it was their sweat labor that produced whatever was produced. They are not part of organizations. They are often denied other rights, like for credit or other kinds of support that are needed to be successful.

And so anything we can do to raise their visibility and make them be seen as valued partners in countries where we are working is going to be beneficial to the overall project’s possibility of success.

MR. BUFFETT: Somebody asked me today earlier, “What’s the game changer on this issue?” And I’ll tell you, the game changer is, “Put a woman in charge of every country.” (Laughter and applause.) That’s my mother’s influence, and my sister’s. (Laughter.)

But the truth is there is no game changer in the end. I mean, this is tough work. It’s a complicated problem. But women do look at this issue differently than men. A mother will look at feeding her children in a different way than a man does. That’s just a fact. So when you have the personal experience of interacting with women that have children that are dying – and Bill has seen this too – that you realize that that’s the person you want to be the decision maker. And so empowering the mother and the women in an environment like that is absolutely key to success.

MS. SHEERAN: And, Bill, you have the last word.

MR. GATES: Well, definitely when you raise the income on the crops that the woman’s involved in, it directly maps to improvement in food for that household and the money is just spent in a better way. So not only are they the majority of the actual agricultural hours, but when you help them, you get a lot more impact. And we just need to understand why there’s this separation of roles and how our interventions can offset the tendency to focus on the male roles as opposed to what the women do.

MS. SHEERAN: Well, I want to thank our awardees today. Secretary Clinton, I remember when you called together foreign ministers from over six countries two years ago at the United Nations. It was the first time foreign ministers ever took on the first thousand days of life, the ending malnutrition and hunger. I want to thank you for bringing us into your home here today, thank the Vice President. And on behalf of Rick Leach, Randy Russell, the head of the WFP-USA, and Hunter Biden soon-to-be, and all of us, the whole board, we want to thank you very much for making us feel so welcome. Thank you.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you all. Thank you. (Applause.)

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Vice President Biden and Secretary Clinton to Join World Food Program USA in Honoring Howard G. Buffett and Bill Gates

Notice to the Press

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 21, 2011

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will join World Food Program USA in honoring Howard G. Buffett and Bill Gates for their contributions to reducing global hunger on Monday, October 24, 2011 at the Department of State.

Vice President Biden will deliver keynote remarks at The Global Hunger Conference.

Following this address, there will be a panel discussion highlighting private sector efforts to address global hunger. Panel participants include former Secretary of Agriculture, the Honorable Dan Glickman, Howard G. Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Cargill Greg Page, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, and Bloomberg Television anchor Betty Liu who will moderate the discussion.

Secretary Clinton will present the George McGovern Leadership Award to Howard G. Buffett and Bill Gates, in recognition of their leadership in addressing food security among small scale farmers. The conference will conclude with a conversation between Secretary Clinton, Howard G. Buffett, Bill Gates, and Josette Sheeran, World Food Program Executive Director, focusing on efforts to address global hunger and create economic opportunity by helping small scale farmers through programs like Purchase for Progress.

Secretary Clinton was awarded the George McGovern Leadership Award in 2010 in recognition of the Obama Administration’s commitment and visionary approach to fighting global hunger and promoting food security worldwide.

The event will take place in the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin Franklin Room from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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