The G20 must scrap their most damaging biofuel policies and demand more open information about food stocks as part of urgent measures needed to tackle global food price volatility.
There are some problems so big and so entrenched it is easy to believe they will never be solved. Hunger is one of these problems. Yet there is no problem so great it cannot be solved.
The international development agency said global food prices will more than double within 20 years as a new age of crisis forces the collapse of our broken global food system, said Oxfam today.
Oxfam International is participating at the 9th World Social Forum in Belém, Brazil to help tackle the combined effects of the global economic crisis, rising food prices, and the effects of climate change in developing countries.
Oxfam welcomes the EU’s €1bn for the world’s poorest farmers, finally agreed to after long negotiations. Almost two thirds of the money represents new money for developing countries and this could provide a vital boost to help those hit hardest by the food crisis.
The world’s first shipments of certified sustainable palm oil have left Malaysia for the Netherlands where it will be used by European consumer goods manufacturers and supermarkets.
EU member states must follow the Parliament’s lead and oppose the European Commission’s proposal to boost the use of biofuels in transport fuels to 10% by 2020, as part of the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive.
Oxfam welcomed today’s vote by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee on the ETS Directive to use 50% of the auctioning revenues generated from the emission permits for developing countries to tackle climate change via an international fund.
Oxfam welcomed today’s vote by the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE committee) to reduce the EU’s ambitious targets for biofuels in transport fuel but would have liked it to go further by dropping biofuels from the renewable energy directive altogether.