food security

food security

Boy with coofee basket, El Salvador

The Impact of Coffee Rust

Since 2013, an outbreak of coffee rust disease in a large proportion of El Salvador's coffee plants has affected the food security and livelihoods of families dependent on day labour on coffee plantations

Oxfam's reaction on WFP food cuts for Syrian refugees

In response to WFP food cuts for Syrian refugees, Andy Baker who heads up Oxfam's response to the Syria crisis said: "Millions of Syrians have left their country to flee war, death and destruction. It is unthinkable to leave them hungry. Rich countries must step up and support the World Food Program."

Ipiashe siphons water for irrigation, Gutu Province, Zimbabwe, September 2011. Photo: Annie Bungeroth/Oxfam

Hungry for Commitment

Food security in southern Africa relies upon small-scale agriculture, a sector in which women take the lead. However, smallholder farmers are among the most vulnerable people to food insecurity, often lacking the resources and access needed to produce or procure adequate food.

Witnesses of the effects of climate change protest against a coal fired power station in Germany.

Food, Fossil Fuels and Filthy Finance

Climate change is already making people hungry, and the use of fossil fuels is largely to blame, representing the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions globally.

A woman and a child walk among the rubble in a village in Eastern Samar, after the typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. Credit: Jire Carreon/Oxfam

A Sign of Things to Come

As part of its food and climate justice campaign, Oxfam commissioned researchers to examine the impact of four extreme weather events on vulnerable people, exploring when and why threats emerge.

Rice Farmers in Minbu, Myanmar's central Dryzone, Photo: Hein Latt Aung/Oxfam

Delivering prosperity in Myanmar's dryzone

Modernization of Myanmar’s agricultural sector is, rightly, a priority. However, mechanization and large-scale agricultural investment is not the only option.

Screen copy of the timeline of the food security crisis in Somalia. Credit: Africa Research Institute

Timeline of the crisis in Somalia

Our friends at Africa Research Institute have developed a useful timeline to track the development of the food crisis in Somalia month by month.

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Risk of Relapse

2.9 million Somalis are in humanitarian crisis. Agencies are asking for urgent action to save lives and avoid a relapse to the catastrophe of 2011.

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