U.S. philanthropists Bill Gates and Howard G. Buffett are this year’s recipients of the World Food Program USA’s George McGovern Leadership Award. The award is given to policymakers and leaders for their critical role in the fight against global hunger.
The awarding ceremony took place on Oct. 24 at the U.S. State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. It featured remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a former recipient of the award.
Gates and Buffett were recognized for helping establish WFP’s Purchase for Progress, a public-private partnership that helps small farmers in the developing world become suppliers for the U.N. agency’s programs.
Gates, meanwhile, will present a report at next week’s G-20 summit in Cannes on how innovations and partnerships can strengthen global stability and help the world’s poorest countries pursue sustainable economic growth.
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