food prices

food prices

Marriam travels from Sabir Mount to the city centre to sell bread and earn an income. Most of the city’s bakeries have closed.  Her grandchildren are reliant on her income after their parents died. Photo: Abdulnasser Al-Sedek/Oxfam

Picking up the pieces

Since March 2015, more than three million Yemenis have fled their homes, displaced by ongoing conflict. This paper sets out what they are facing and what governments, armed parties and agencies must do to help them get back on their feet and reduce the chance of an entrenched, long-lasting crisis.

Nalukui is a farmer in Zambia. She harvested only 10kg of maize this year due to drought. Photo: Misozi Tembo

Making maize markets work for all in Southern Africa

In most of sub-Saharan Africa, maize is a staple food crop. This paper explores some of the reasons why maize markets fail and argues that a major reason is because there is so little trust or cooperation between governments and private traders.

Dutch beat French and Swiss to top Oxfam’s new global food table

The Netherlands is No. 1 in the world for having the most plentiful, nutritious, healthy and affordable diet, beating France and Switzerland into second place. Chad is last in 125th spot behind Ethiopia and Angola, according to a new food database by worldwide development organization Oxfam.

EU ministers leave the door open for harmful food speculation

Little will be done to curb harmful food speculation today as EU finance ministers meet to approve their position on the new Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) – which sets new regulations for financial markets. According to a broad coalition of environmental and development organizations, loopholes in the legislation will render it ineffective to prevent food speculation, and the resulting food price spikes that hit the poorest the hardest.

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