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 response to the New Alliance meeting prior to the 2013 G8 Summit, Lough Erne, Northern Ireland
In response to the New Alliance meeting prior to the G8 Summit later this month, Oxfam’s Economic Justice Adviser Hannah Stoddart said:
"The New Alliance as it stands is not the answer to decades of under-investment in agriculture. Mobilizing private sector investment is important but it cannot replace urgently needed public funds.
"Further public investment in agriculture is crucial so the small-scale farmers and women who need it most can be reached. Significant reform of the New Alliance is needed to ensure it benefits small-holder farmers - as suggested so many times today - and that it isn't forcing through policies that undermine poor people's land and other rights."
Oxfam will have a team at the G8 in Northern Ireland.
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