Buffett foundation uses Willcox property to help the world

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BISBEE — Nearly 1,400 acres in Cochise County has become an experimental farm, substituting for parts of Africa where deserts, hot temperatures and little rainfall create agricultural challenges.

The only thing Arizona has, which most parts of Africa doesn’t, is frost,” said Howard Buffett, whose foundation has been working in different parts of the world to increase agricultural output.

Noting that his foundation’s work is being done in 78 nations, of which 41 are in Africa, Buffett said the acreage near Willcox is a stand-in for other countries because of its similarities, which can be used to create theories and perform newer farming techniques. If successful, these techniques can be transferred to other areas around the globe.

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