food security

A woman working on a farm in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Image: Oxfam

Blog: Day 4: Women Farm Workers Dying for Food

One of the ultimate perversities of our era is that the producers of food and their children often go to bed hungry. Reform of commercial agriculture is urgent if the women farm workers who grow and pack our food are to have enough to eat.

By Fatima Shabodien, former Director of the Women on Farms Project

Learning at Apna Kendra bridge school for working children in India. Image: Oxfam

Blog: Day 3: Seeds in Women’s Hands

Seeds are the first link in the food chain. Yet women seed breeders are invisible in the industrial model of food production and in intellectual property regimes. The roots of food and gender justice lie in keeping seeds in women’s hands and recognizing women’s knowledge of biodiversity.

by Vandana Shiva, philosopher, feminist and environmental activist

For women in Fulani their main activity is  increasingly having to fetch water, as surrounding wells dry up. Photo: Charles Bambara/Oxfam

Blog: Sahel food crisis: Let's close the funding gap

In the Sahel region of West Africa, a severe food crisis has been expected since late 2011. The aid community estimates that some 18.7 million people are now being affected and are now at risk.The UN estimates that $1.6 billion is needed to meet the needs of all these people, but their international appe

Central India, Madhya Pradesh Nagender Chhikara

Blog: Fighting for food security in India

In India over the past 15 years, the debate about food, under a rights-based perspective, has become increasingly complex. Concerns about famine, emergency relief and technology-driven green revolutions have given way to discussions on the state's failure to deliver public distribution programmes, the discrimination these programmes perpetuate, legal entitlements to land, climate change, price volatility and the role of NGOs. In other words, the debate has shifted from starvation and subsistence to dignity and justice.

G20 failed to recognize the role of small-scale farmers in the global economy.

Blog: G20 wraps up, but leaves those in poverty behind

How could world leaders simply ignore the nearly one billion people living in poverty? That’s the question that many international aid agencies are asking as this year’s G20 Summit comes to a close. The self-designated forum for global economic issues, they seem to have forgotten the "global" part. While Mexican President Felipe Calderon set out an ambitious agenda for the summit including food security, sustainable development and climate change, most of the discussion was focused around the Euro crisis.

El G20 ha comenzado y los líderes se reúnen en una "comida de trabajo". Foto: Victoria Marzilli/Oxfam

Blog: El G20 comienza en Los Cabos con los líderes mundiales comiendo en el paraíso

La Cumbre del G20 ha comenzado oficialmente en el soleado municipio de Los Cabos, México. Los turistas que normalmente llenan San José del Cabo, una de las dos principales ciudades del municipio, han sido sustituidos por las cámaras de televisión, los periodistas y los promotores del desarrollo aglomerados en torno al asunto del día: la crisis del Euro. Pero Oxfam y otras importantes organizaciones hacemos campaña para que los líderes del G20 piensen más allá de la Unión Europea.

G20 Summit begins, and world leaders gather for a "working lunch" overlooking Los Cabos. (Photo Credit: Victoria Marzilli)

Blog: G20 Summit begins in Los Cabos and leaders lunch in paradise

The G20 Summit is officially underway in sunny Los Cabos, Mexico. The usual tourists in San Jose del Cabo (one of the two towns of Los Cabos) have been replaced by camera crews, journalists, and development junkies all abuzz with the issue of the day: the euro crisis. But what Oxfam and other major organizations are campaigning for is for G20 leaders to think much broader than the European Union.

Oxfam photo stunt at G20 Mexico 2012. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: G20 leaders hold the key to a sustainable & secure future

As this year's G20 Summit nears (three days to go), Oxfam activists gathered today at the Revolution Monument – a hub for civil society demonstrations in Mexico City - to keep pressure on world leaders. Today’s stunt underlined Oxfam’s call for action on hunger and poverty with a bold display, showing that G20 leaders hold the key to a sustainable, equitable, and food-secure future.

G8 attempts to fix broken promises with Private Sector partnership. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Will the UK re-set the bar at next year’s G8 Summit?

As part of Oxfam’s G8 team in Washington, DC last week, I had the chance to return to my native country with a new perspective.

The world's farmers work hard to put food on the table. Now it's your turn.

Blog: G8 Leaders Hear it from Oxfam

As the G8 Summit comes to a close, we’ve got a bit of a surprise twist in the outcome. There was more movement on food security than we expected and day one of the summit was focused almost solely on that issue, a rarity in recent G8 history. The increased focus was due in part to the stirring outcry from anti-hunger and poverty activists all over the world. Thanks to the publics' countless emails and tweets to the US administration, President Obama put food security at the center of the discussion on Day One.

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