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.
Oxfam’s new campaign, GROW, is built on our years of experience campaigning, lobbying, and working with communities to fix the broken system. Here is just a selection of our publications from recent years on better ways to grow, share, and live together, so that everyone on the planet always has enough to eat.
A new agricultural future
Agriculture must once again become a top priority for governments and donors; and food and agricultural companies need to recognise the benefits of connecting with smallholder suppliers. Investing in a new future for agriculture means investing more, and more wisely, so that more than a billion small-scale food producers around the planet – many of them women – can get the land and resources they need to grow enough for themselves and for others.
Think Big. Go Small Adapting business models to incorporate smallholders into supply chains (Briefing for business, May 2010)
Harnessing Agriculture for Development (Research report, Oct 2009)
Investing in Poor Farmers Pays Rethinking how to invest in agriculture (Briefing paper, Jun 2009)
Climate chaos, food production, and adaptation
Climate change is fast pushing communities, particularly the poorest and most marginalized, beyond their capacity to respond. Across the world, subsistence crops are approaching the limits of their viability as temperatures change; erratic rainfall patterns and changing seasons are upsetting agricultural cycles and leaving many struggling to feed their families. New thinking to recognise vulnerable farmers as critical partners in delivering solutions is needed to increase their resilience and to enable them to adapt their agriculture to help combat creeping, insidious climate change and to ensure that there is always enough food available for everyone.
Climate Change Adaptation Enabling people living in poverty to adapt (Research report, Apr 2010)
Beyond Aid Ensuring adaptation to climate change works for the poor (Briefing paper, Sep 2009)
Suffering the Science Climate change, people, and poverty (Briefing paper, Jul 2009)
Policy making captured by the few: addressing vested interests
Paralysis is imposed upon us by a powerful minority of vested interests that profit from the status quo. Self-serving elites who amass wealth at the expense of impoverished rural populations. Bloated biofuel and trade lobbies, hooked on subsidies that divert food from the mouths of the hungry to the cars and bank accounts of the wealthy. To fix the system, these vested interests need to be overcome.
Square Pegs in Round Holes How the Farm Bill squanders chances for a pro-development trade deal (Briefing note, Jul 2008)
Another Inconvenient Truth How biofuel policies are deepening poverty and accelerating climate change (Briefing paper, Jun 2008)
Bio-fuelling Poverty Why the EU renewable-fuel target may be disastrous for poor people (Briefing note, Nov 2007)
Food prices gone wild
High and volatile food prices brought into sharp focus an underlying global food crisis that means every night almost one billion people go to bed hungry. Lasting solutions are desperately needed, but so too is more immediate action: hungry people cannot be fed on the hope of long-term solutions. Governments, supported by aid agencies and donors, must act in the heat of the moment to provide systematic emergency assistance and longer-term support to those in need, and to better protect people in chronic poverty against shocks such as drought, floods, and market volatility.
A Billion Hungry People Governments and aid agencies must rise to the challenge (Briefing paper, Jan 2009)
Double-Edged Prices Lessons from the food price crisis: 10 actions developing countries should take (Briefing paper, Oct 2008)
The Time is Now How world leaders should respond to the food price crisis (Briefing note, Jun 2008)
A new global governance
Governments’ top priority must be to tackle hunger and reduce vulnerability. And we must reform the international institutions we need to respond to shocks. New global regulations are needed. There is no time to waste.
The Making of a Seoul Development Consensus The essential development agenda for the G20 (Briefing note, Oct 2010)
Halving Hunger: Still Possible? Building a rescue package to set the MDGs back on track (Briefing paper, Sep 2010)
Bridging the Divide The reform of global food security governance (Briefing note, Nov 2009)
Changing consumption and living better
We desperately need to share better and live better. We need to ensure that the people supplying our food aren’t exploited, that everyone has enough to eat and that the planet’s natural resources are fairly distributed. We need to rethink our notions of prosperity and develop better ways to run our economies and live our lives. For everyone’s sake, now and in the future, it’s time to focus on what really matters.
Making Growth Inclusive Some lessons from countries and the literature (Research report, Apr 2011)
4-a-week Changing food consumption in the UK to benefit people and planet (link opens Oxfam Publications website) (Briefing paper, Mar 2009)