International aid agency Oxfam is to double its aid effort and help nearly 200,000 people caught up in the recent upsurge of fighting in eastern Congo.
The urgency shown by rich countries to tackle the financial meltdown stands in stark contrast to their foot-dragging and broken promises over aid and poverty alleviation, human rights and climate change.
The number of Ethiopians needing emergency assistance has jumped by 40 percent from 4.6 million to 6.4 million people since June, according to latest official figures from the United Nations and the Ethiopian government.
The G8 played down the effects of biofuels on food inflation 'like discussing the Titanic but not mentioning the iceberg.'
A number of Oxfam’s high profile ambassadors called on G8 leaders to urgently respond to global poverty challenges, starting with a boost in funds for climate change, the food crisis and development aid.
The credibility of G8 finance ministers will be tested this weekend as the world waits for more urgent and stronger action to tackle global poverty in the face of climate change and rising food prices.