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.
Since 2007, Oxfam and our partner Hijra have collaborated to provide support for Somali families in need through cash programming.
In early January 2012, Oxfam launched an emergency response to the 2011-2012 food crisis in order to support some of the most vulnerable people in the region.
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Land eight times the size of the UK was sold off globally in the last decade, enough to grow food for a billion people, or the equivalent to the number of people who go hungry in the world today.
Oxfam Afghanistan's head of policy and advocacy, Louise Hancock, said:
Oxfam strongly welcomes the European Parliament’s vote against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) by a majority of 478 votes out of 682. ACTA would have posed a serious
The poorly regulated global trade in arms and ammunition weakens the ability and willingness of governments to sustain progress in development.
International agency Oxfam warned that today’s announcement of the "New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition" focuses too heavily on the role of the private sector to tackle the complex challenges of food insecurity in the developing world.
In response to the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability report presented to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Addis Ababa today, Sarah Best of Oxfam said: