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The increasing cost of basic food items means that the world's poorest suffer

We’re all feeling the pinch as the costs of basic foods like rice, corn, and wheat again reach record highs. But the world’s poorest people are suffering most.

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11 December 2013

If Europe were to rule out its support of biofuels by 2020, the region could lower its net imports of grain and oilseeds by up to 27 million tons, remarkably reducing its dependence on foreign goods. Global food prices could also drop significantly.

23 May 2013

A new era of high and volatile food prices is causing life-changing shifts in society, according to Oxfam and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in a joint report published today.

23 May 2011

The Leaders of the top eight economies in the world came to the G8 Summit in Deauville, France this year with a lot of explaining to do.

9 May 2011

At a time when one in seven people face a daily struggle to get enough food, Oxfam is calling on world leaders gathering in Turkey May 9-13 to seize the opportunity and help lift the most vulnerable nations out of poverty.

21 March 2011

Yema, 39, lives alone with her son, in Nepal. When her husband left them 16 years ago, she had to struggle to find food and to survive on her own. Despite these difficulties, she has been able to pay for the education of her son and has worked hard to secure their future.

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In depth

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