Tagged: Agriculture

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A number of organizations have recently published an open letter to Oxfam executives expressing their concern over Oxfam’s stance on transgenic crops. The Oxfam International confederation – including Oxfam America – does not support GMOs as the solution to hunger, poverty and development.

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Cattle die in the drought - district of Admitullu Jiddo Kombolcha in Ethiopia. The district used to be known for its livestock but the drought has killed many animals. Credit: Zeresenay Berhane Mehar

Small-scale farmers and pastoralists in Ethiopia are likely to bear the brunt of the negative impacts of climate change in the region, which will include increasing poverty, water scarcity, and food insecurity, according to a new Oxfam report.

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Children studying in a full classroom at Montes Namuli Primary School,Zambézia province, Mozambique on 14 April 2010. It is not unusual to have 100 children in a class, with no toilets or running water. Credit: Neo Ntsoma/Oxfam.

Poor countries are being forced to cut back on their economic crisis-response spending too soon. Education and social protection budgets are particularly badly affected. Oxfam is calling on the IMF to take steps to reverse this trend.

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Local Dakaro children both work and play in the field next to Oxfam's office - during the 2005 food security crisis in Niger. Credit: Carlo Heathcote/Oxfam

Almost 10 million people across the Sahel region of West Africa are threatened with a severe food shortage. Oxfam calls for urgent response to warning signs.

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Habiba Warsame, a herder in Somaliland, says she can’t remember when things were so bad. Credit: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

November rains that were expected to ease the hunger crisis in East Africa have failed yet again in some of the worst hit areas. Millions of people face at least another six months of hunger and destitution.

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The Phon family work farm their rice paddy in Kompong Thom, central Cambodia. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

We ranked the Summit against five key criteria and found that not one was fully achieved, as delegates left Rome without tackling many of the biggest challenges of food security and agriculture.

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Members of an Ethiopian cereal bank supported by Oxfam show a sampling of the corn they have been able to save. Credit: Sara Livingston/Oxfam America

The UN could drastically reduce the 24,000 deaths occurring daily around the world from hunger-related causes, provided countries agree that it coordinates all the different initiatives to fight hunger.

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Two piles of rice illustrating the effect of the 2008 food crisis in Cambodia. A small pile shows how your money buys after, a larger pile how much it would buy before the crisis. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Monday’s UN World Food Summit in Rome (16-18th) could be a waste of time and money unless world leaders intervene now to salvage it. International agencies ActionAid and Oxfam say governments are at risk of throwing away a great chance to stop more than one billion people going hungry.

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