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Oxfam activists pose as G8 leaders near the Summit in Huntsville.  Photo : Allan Lissner/Oxfam
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The Oxfam team had an early start today as we left the Highwayman Inn in Orillia, Ontario and travelled to Huntsville in the wee hours of the morning to set up our second Big Head stunt for the G8 Summits. Although we were right on track, it seemed as though The Big heads had lost their way. 

They had reached a crossroad and were facing a tough decision: Will they exhibit leadership and mark this G8 Summit as a turning point in the fight against poverty, or will they just be lost tourists, stumbling around in Canada’s cottage country?

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This blog is part of a short series of Oxfam blogs on the role of international financial institutions, and the fight against poverty.

The IMF has quietly issued a surprising piece of research that speaks directly to who and what is to blame for the global economic crisis: that is, US politicians at the national level who loosened regulation of mortgage lenders and on the rest of the US financial sector.

Members of the Civil Society Parallel Forum performing a media action outside the World Food Summit. Credit: Haley Bowcock/Oxfam
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The World Food Summit on Food Security has released a declaration outlining its vision on how world food security is to be achieved. However, questions remain whether this vision goes far enough - especially as economic and climate crises loom large.

"Do you know how many small-scale producers there are in the world?" "1.5 billion!"

"Do you know what percentage of food consumed in the world comes from small-scale producers?" "75 per cent!"

Civil society organisations are crucial to the fight against hunger.Credit: Oxfam
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The ongoing world food crisis suggests that no one group - states, the market, or international intergovernmental institutions - has all the answers to hunger and malnutrition. Civil society actors are key to the process. Whether and how world leaders take civil society's views into account has ramifications for the outcome of this week's World Food Summit on Food Security and beyond.

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