economic crisis

The World Food Summit could have done much more to support small-scale farmers. Credit: Rajendra Shaw/Oxfam

Blog: With the World Food Summit over, what next for world hunger?

With the plenary rooms at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation emptied out, and the tents at the Civil Society Parallel Forum being packed away, the World Summit on Food Security has come to a close. As delegates make their way home, there is pause to wonder: what was achieved, and what next for world hunger?

Pastoralists bring their animals to the waterpoint at Kaikor, Kenya, where failed rains and drought across the region have led to another food crisis.

Blog: The World Food Crisis - far from over

As leaders gather in Rome for next week's World Food Summit on Food Security, it is worth remembering the plight of the 1 in 6 people in the world for whom the food crisis is not over.

The W8 were joined by the popular German band Die Toten Hosen in Berlin. Credit: Mike Auerbach/Oxfam

Blog: The Humanism of 'Las Teresas'

During my recent tour through Spain and Germany with Oxfam and the W8 I observed a new danger: The “new poor” – victims of the economic crisis, unemployed persons of the North.

I learned that there is a risk that because these people are more and more worried about their own situation, they may not consider it just that their governments spend money on the poor of other countries...

IMF’s reserves include more than 100 million ounces of gold

Blog: Oxfam supporters show their golden touch

A big outcry from Oxfam supporters and others has helped convince the IMF to use some of its gold to help the poorest countries weather the storm of the economic crisis. They haven’t given as much as we asked – but thank you for ensuring that the poorest countries got some of these resources upfront.

Credits: Dave Clark/Oxfam

Blog: At last Africa plays a role on the global stage, but not the way it wanted to

At last Africa plays a role on the global stage, but not the way it would have loved to.

Akin to the assassination of John Kennedy or the September 2001 attack on the New York twin towers, people around the world can reminisce on what they were doing or where they were or more lately, what job they had, when the global financial crisis hit the stage.

Summit Media Centre in L'Aquila

Blog: Really, they can’t afford another bad G8 summit. …For their own sake!

So here we are at the G8 International Media Centre at l’Aquila, Italy. I cannot believe it’s already been 364 days after all the hype of the last G8 was over in Japan.

Representatives from Oxfam International/Ucodep and GCAP Italy present Berlusconi 1.5m signatures of civil society supporters from all over the world demanding change. Credit: GCAP Italy

Blog: A 'cheque for the future': Prime Minister Berlusconi hears the demand for an end to poverty

Farida Bena, the Head of Oxfam International and Ucodep Campaign office in Italy, reports on yesterday’s very special meeting with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

On July 2, just days before the G8 Summit starts, Oxfam, UCODEP and GCAP Italy took the voices of 1.5 million people from around the world to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi – and demanded action against poverty.

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