food security

Aminata Yero, president of a cooperative of women farmers in Mauritania. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Blog: A hotter world is a hungrier world

The long-drawn out gestation of the latest assessment of global climate change enters a new phase today (Monday, 23 September) in Stockholm, Sweden, as scientists and government civil servants gather to discuss the first instalment of the new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This section of the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report focuses on the physical science basis of the climate system and climate change and after all the discussions, it will be officially published on Friday, 27 September.

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.

Spices on sale at the twice-weekly vegetable market in the town of Bara Gaon. Photo: Tom Pietrasik

Blog: Making progress on food security in India

As the debate on the national Indian Food Security Bill reaches parliament, Oxfam India Program Officer Rebecca S. David outlines the benefits of such policies in one state in Central India.

At a public hearing organized by Oxfam and the State Right to Food Network Sonkali, a widowed mother and landless labourer, told people how she lost her only sense of security – a ration card entitling her to food subsidies through the state government’s Public Distribution System (PDS).

Photo of Saliou Diallo working in his maize field.

Blog: Sahel food crisis update: lifting a heavy load

Before completely turning my back on 2012, I am reflecting on Oxfam’s work in the Sahel over the last year. After a season of poor or erratic rains across the region in 2011, Oxfam and many other humanitarian groups feared that another bad harvest in 2012 would push millions into starvation.

Woman filling a jerry can with water, Tanzania

Blog: Day 6: Growing a More Food-Secure World

An agriculture that is resilient and sustainable, and provides sufficient safe, affordable food for all, will be built on four cornerstones: comparative advantage, open trade, markets that work for both producers and consumers, and an African continent that contributes positively to food production.

By Harold Poelma, Managing Director of Cargill Refined Oils Europe

Lettuce seedlings. Image: Oxfam

Blog: Day 3: We can reduce fossil fuel use, but we need chemical fertilizer

We mustn’t allow emotions to cloud our understanding of fundamental natural laws. To feed a world of 9 billion people without chemical fertilizers would irreparably damage biodiversity. Let’s reduce fertilizer overuse in China and shift that to Africa, where lack of fertilizer is a major cause of hunger.

By Prem Bindraban, Director of ISRIC (World Soil Information)

Pirogues on the river Niger. Image: Oxfam

Blog: Day 3: Why eat oil when we could eat sunlight?

Anna Lappé argues we should feel a sense of urgency and a sense of hope in transitioning towards more ecological farming. We know how to farm without costly reliance on fossil fuels and we know the freedom it brings from corporations’ monopoly control.

by Anna Lappé, Founding Principal of the Small Planet Institute

Woman sweeping her yard, Uganda. Image: Oxfam

Blog: Day 1: Apply what we already know works

In many unlikely and inhospitable places, smallholders are already feeding themselves and their communities and leading their nation’s economic growth. Many of the solutions to farming’s challenges exist. They need tailoring to each locale and long-term reliable policy support.

  By Kanayo F.
A small-scale farmer from the Matagalpa region of northeastern Nicaragua. Image: Oxfam

Blog: Day 9: Feminism and Food Sovereignty

Food sovereignty offers opportunities to advance women’s rights, but we must also work to change gender relations within rural families and within our own movement. Peasant movements such as La Via Campesina must step up to the challenge of linking food sovereignty and feminism.

By Pamela Elisa Caro Molina, feminist researcher working with CLOC-La Via Campesina

Women collecting water in Uganda. Image: Oxfam

Blog: Day 5: Time for a New Recipe

The women’s movement hasn’t been proactive about defining its own platform for action on food justice, and we are noticeably absent from spaces where decisions are made. We need to break out of our silos, strengthen our technical expertise, and start shaping the political process rather than stand on the sidelines.

by Alexandra Spieldoch, women's rights activist, formerly with WOCAN

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