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.
South Africa is considered a ‘food-secure’ nation, producing enough calories to adequately feed every one of its 53 million people. However, the reality is that one in four people currently suffers hunger on a regular basis.
Agencies fear recent improvements will be wiped out as the number of severely hungry people will rise by one million in first three months of 2015.
Without an end to the fighting – and unless more aid can be delivered to those who need it – famine remains a serious threat in South Sudan in 2015. By committing to more vigorous diplomacy and swift action, the world has the chance to prevent that.
Oxfam analyzes the commitments being brought by government and corporate sector leaders to the Climate Summit and reveals that they fall short of what is urgently needed.
“Oxfam welcomes any fall in the number of hungry people. This is proof that we can make great strides in eradicating global hunger.
Our friends at Africa Research Institute have developed a useful timeline to track the development of the food crisis in Somalia month by month.
At today’s EU Energy Ministers Council, Ministers approved a proposal to amend the EU’s Renewable Energy Directi
Oxfam joined civil society organizations from around the world to demand the member governments of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) take decisive action urgently on climate change.
Welcoming UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's visit to South Sudan, Oxfam's Country Director Cecilia Millan said:
A major food crisis is currently enveloping South Sudan –