A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
For the food and beverage industry, climate change is a major threat. For millions of people, it means more extreme weather and greater hunger.
The Robin Hood Tax campaign takes a cheeky look at what the world might be like in 2024, with a tax which tackles extreme poverty, climate change and cuts to public services.
Extreme weather events are becoming increasingly common in Russia, and the 2012 drought confirmed this trend.
Local food reserves can contribute to food security strategies and have the potential to empower communities.
In response to President Obama’s climate plan announcement scheduled for this afternoon Gawain Kripke, research and policy director for Oxfam America said:
The injustice of poverty demands a powerful and practical response to address both its causes and its impact on peoples' lives. Using a six-sided strategy to weave together the complex web of our efforts and joining with others, we seek to overcome poverty.
We envision a world in which people can influence the decisions that affect their lives.
Our work with small farmers in China to grow crops better adapted to the climate, combined with lobbying authorities to more actively involve villagers in decision making is yielding results.
On the shape of the new 2015 climate agreement being negotiated this week, Tracy Carty, Oxfam Climate Change Policy Adviser, said:
The World Bank and International Monetary Fund need to ditch the ‘trickle down’ economics of the past and lead the fight against inequality if they are serious about the new target to end extreme poverty by 2030.