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Monsanto, Dupont Seeds Won’t Solve Hunger, Howard Buffett Says

Howard Buffett said seeds made by Monsanto Co. and DuPont Co. shouldn’t be over-emphasized as a way to end hunger and develop farming in Africa, arguing that poor countries have needs that improved crop inputs won’t fix.

Small farmers in Africa and elsewhere often lack the income and training to buy and use biotech seeds and may become skeptical of technology if new products are used improperly, the 56-year-old son of billionaire Warren Buffett said. Howard Buffett, a board member of his father’s company, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., was interviewed yesterday at the World Food Prize conference in Des Moines, Iowa.