Tagged: Agriculture

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Young girl transports food in Nigeria. Credit: Carlo Heathcote/Oxfam

Half the world’s food is lost as waste and a billion people – one in every six of the world’s poorest – cannot access enough of the other half and so go hungry every day. Our leaders have another chance to put that right.

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Oxfam Big Heads stunt: The G8 feasts while 1 in 6 in the world go hungry. Credit: Ilaria Di Biagio/Oxfam-UCODEP

We've reviewed and analyzed the G8 Communique from Day 1 of the Summit, and here's our take.

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Cyclone Aila (25 May 2009) caused substantial damage across areas of southern Bangladesh and West Bengal. Most of the damage was due to the high tidal surge, which broke through embankments, submerging villages and rural markets. Credit: Abir Abdullah/EPA

Our new report warns multiple climate impacts could reverse 50 years of work to end poverty. Shifting seasons are destroying harvests and causing widespread hunger - but this is just one of the multiple climate change impacts taking their toll on the world’s poorest people.

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Today's food crisis could worsen dramatically as decades of declining investment in agriculture have constrained the ability of the world's poorest people to cope with climatic and economic shocks, according to a new report released today by international agency Oxfam International.

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Political leaders have admitted that they will probably fail to deliver on promises to halve world hunger by 2015

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The G8 Agriculture meeting in Italy is heading for a profound failure with ministers dithering about the bold action needed to tackle the global food crisis. The Italian Agriculture Minister Luca Zaia’s opening promise of “three days that will make history" is sounding very hollow.

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The Phon family work farm their rice paddy in Kompong Thom, central Cambodia. The relative cost of rice has doubled over the past two years. Adults are going hungry so the children can eat.' Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

More than 75,000 people will die of hunger during the three days that G8 Agriculture Ministers will meet to talk about the food crisis. Oxfam is warning Ministers that the answer to the global food crisis is not increased production in rich countries but support for the world’s poorest farmers.

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Kenema, Sierra Leone diamond mine: Digging out the diamondiferous gravel. Credit: Crispin Hughes/Oxfam

Voluntary approaches to increasing transparent and accountable management of natural resources wealth are making sluggish progress. The Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative must put in place additional mandatory disclosure rules.

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At a moment where many look for ways to tackle the global economic crisis, the World Social Forum has set a clear message: “the weight of the crisis cannot fall on the shoulders of the poorest.”

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