Four years ago this month, Oxfam’s GROW campaign launched with a rallying cry to “fix the broken food system.” In more than 50 countries, people like you have stood up to governments, banks and the world’s biggest brands – and won. None of this would have been possible without your support!
But the fight isn’t over. GROW will continue to challenge the injustice of a system that means nearly 800,000,000 people still go hungry. All over the world, in countries South and North, we’ll be working with others fighting hunger and climate change. This means facing head-on the powerful, filthy fossil fuel industry. Across Africa, and the developing world, we will stand alongside women, who produce our food to call for more support for them to fight climate change. Everywhere, we are holding the world's biggest food companies to account for their part in the climate story.
Here’s just some of the highlights of the last four years:
We've exposed human rights abuses: Just last month we helped to secure a new World Bank safeguard on land rights and won sweeping reforms to how the Bank’s private sector lending arm operates. We've won back land and compensation for communities in South Sudan, Guatemala and Uganda, and the fight continues in Indonesia and Honduras.
We’ve changed the law: We helped people in India and Peru to demand that their governments give their families enough nutritious food, through successful campaigns for stronger right to food laws.
We’ve pressured the world’s biggest brands to do the right thing: 5 global brands including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Africa’s biggest sugar producer (Ilovo) have committed to zero tolerance of land grabs in their supply chains. We’ve secured industry-leading commitments by 3 companies to tackle gender inequality in their cocoa supply chains, and commitments by 2 others to set targets for emissions cuts including from their supply chains - a first not just in the food sector but in any private sector industry.
We’ve pushed African governments beyond their comfort zone: We helped achieved major new commitments on agriculture and food security in Africa, after 2 million Africans signed a petition pushing for more money for small-scale farming. Ministers agreed to a new Regional Food Reserve for West Africa, and set bold new targets at the African Union to end hunger and halve poverty by 2025.
We’ve hammered the financial sector: Working with allies, we won hard limits on speculation on food commodities in the EU, immediate reforms to speculation on food prices by nine European banks, and strong commitments on land rights from Australia’s biggest banks.
We’ve turned the heat up on governments on climate change, winning a commitment to allocate 50% of Green Climate Funds to help people adapt, and a really strong focus on gender.
We’ve put women farmers on prime time TV: Our competition searching for ‘female food heroes’ in Tanzania was turned into a daily reality TV show seen by millions of people. We’ve also celebrated the amazing achievements of women farmers in Armenia, Ethiopia, Canada, Nigeria, Georgia, Bolivia and Russia.
We’ve built a movement: whether touring with Coldplay, talking to people about food through the GROW Method, or marching in the biggest ever climate mobilizations, we’ve helped to grow a worldwide movement of people and organizations fighting hunger.