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Blog: 4 steps food companies can take to help stop climate change

Feeding people doesn’t have to mean feeding climate change

No company is too big to listen to its customers. When enough of us speak out, companies listen. Last year more than 400,000 of you called on companies to do more for women in their supply chains. They listened. Then you spoke up about land grabs in companies’ supply chains.

5 critical things we learned from the latest IPCC report on climate change

Blog: 5 critical things we learned from the latest IPCC report on climate change

Today leading international experts on climate change, the IPCC, presented their latest report on the impacts of climate change on humanity, and what we can do about it. It’s a lengthy report, so we’ve boiled it down to Oxfam's five key takeaways on climate change and hunger.

1. Climate change: the impacts on crops are worse than we thought.

Climate change has already meant declines in global yields of staple crops, and it is set to get worse.

Taking stock of GROW, Oxfam's food campaign

Blog: Taking stock of GROW, Oxfam's food campaign

On 1 June 2011, Oxfam launched the GROW campaign to tackle the injustice of 900 million people going to bed hungry every night. The campaign now works in more than 50 countries around the world and at the international level.

Les riziculteurs vietnamiens bénéficient peu des larges profits des exportations rizicoles. Photo : Patrick Brown/Oxfam

Blog: Miracle ou mirage : qui profite des prix élevés du riz au Viêt Nam ?

L’essor de la production de riz a été présenté comme le moteur de la forte croissance économique que connaît le Viêt Nam depuis vingt ans. Mais allons-nous mettre à profit ces progrès ou risquons-nous de les laisser nous échapper ?

Rice farmers working on a field. Photo: Patrick Brown/Oxfam

Blog: Rice miracle or mirage: Who gains from high rice prices in Vietnam?

Expanding rice production has been heralded as the driver of Viet Nam’s rapid economic growth over the past two decades. But will we build on these achievements or risk seeing them slip away?

Anthony Nelson, Jacqueline Atika and family. Photo: Eleanor Farmer

Blog: Food Safety: A casualty of today’s high and volatile food prices?

In recent months food scandals have hit the headlines across the globe with horsemeat being passed off as beef in Europe and rat dressed up as lamb in China. And these are probably just the tip of the iceberg.

Empty classroom, Mali. Image: Oxfam

Blog: Day 9: Too Few Farmers: A view from the United States

Every perceived ill of US farming boils down to too few farmers working to feed too many people. The challenge is to get more young people farming, and help them through the early years when they must focus on learning their craft.

By Michael O’Gorman. Founder of the Farmer Veteran Coalition

Bangladeshi women filling their water cans

Blog: Day 7: Working harder isn’t working

Striving to produce ever more food is the wrong starting point for achieving food security. Instead, let’s focus on reducing inequalities by giving small-scale farmers’ more control, valuing their knowledge, and removing barriers that hamper women’s ability to farm on equal terms.

By Rokeya Kabir, Executive Director of Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS)

A woman hand watering her onion patch with a watering can. Image: Oxfam

Blog: Day 4: Energy Efficiency and Diversification can Increase Access to Energy and Food Security

Agriculture that uses less fossil fuel must be pursued actively. Renewable fuels, reduced waste and losses, and energy from farm by-products are all solutions that would allow for increased food supplies, while addressing climate change.

By José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).

A woman holding an umbrella in the streets of Benin. Image: Oxfam

Blog: Day 2: A Less Risky Business

We must invest in reducing the two greatest risks smallholders face: weather-related risk from climate change and market-related risk from globalization. Hope lies in stress-tolerant crops and innovative insurance plans, as well as social safety nets and other public welfare programs

By Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)


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