food security

Justin Madut tends his new groundnut and sorghum fields. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Planting the seeds of a better future in South Sudan

With failed rains, conflict and poor infrastructure, many communities in South Sudan struggle to get enough to eat. Abdullah Ampilan reports from Warrap State on an Oxfam project to improve their long-term food security, providing tools and seeds to help farmers grow a wider variety of crops:

Blog: Agriculture on the G20 agenda – about time!

This week the Agriculture Ministers of all G20 nations meet for the first time ever. While it’s probably true to say that Agriculture Ministers aren’t often known for hitting the headlines in a big way, food and farming aren’t normally given much attention in high-level global political circles.

Therefore, this move by the French presidency of the world’s most powerful group of leaders gives a strong signal as to the increasing importance of agriculture. This demonstrates a huge opportunity to make serious inroads to tackling hunger and food insecurity. 

Blog: Dear G8 Leaders, don’t lie about your aid

The Leaders of the top eight economies in the world are coming to the G8 Summit in Deauville, France this year with a lot of explaining to do.

In 2005, the heads of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States made a $50 billion aid promise to the world’s poor by 2015. But Oxfam and others have discovered that they are severely off track and have fallen $19 billion short. Of the promised $25 billion promised to Africa, only $11 billion has really been delivered. 

Blog: What is land grabbing and why should we care?

Imagine that a single company buys up, in one fell swoop, the entire surface area of Hampshire, or Luxembourg, or half of Tuscany, Maryland or Schleswig Holstein. Imagine that before it starts farming (rapeseed, probably), it cuts down all the forestland, without checking first what they think, evicts all the farmers and other inhabitants in the area.

The villagers of Ko Kaina eat the bitter Anza berries when there is nothing else left.

Blog: Assessing the situation in Niger – part 2

Read the first part: Kirsty Hughes' impressions from the capital Niamey, talks with an official in the town of Ouallam, and the ironic effects of rain in the village of Tondi Kiwindi.

We drive across the desert to a smaller village called Ko Kaina. The situation we find here is utterly desperate – the villagers talk to us of famine and question whether they can survive to the autumn.

Cattle in the village of Dabré, near Ouallam in Niger.

Blog: Assessing the situation in Niger – part 1

Heading to Niger

Three weeks ago I arrived in Dakar to support Oxfam’s lobby, media and campaigns work around the severe food crisis currently hitting the Sahel belt of West Africa. Across several countries including Niger, Mali, Chad, Burkina Faso and northern Nigeria, as many as ten million women, men and children are going hungry, or suffering from ‘food insecurity’ as the experts term it, with many hundreds of thousands already facing severe and ‘moderate’ malnutrition.

Blog: People "Facing Death" in many of Niger's villages

Niger is at the center of the current food crisis in West Africa. Oxfam's Caroline Gluck reports from the rural areas around Niamey.

Blog: Tonight, more than 1 billion people are going to bed hungry

Families in the Liben District of Ethiopia face shortages of everything – rain, pastureland, food. Since the drought combined with soaring food prices last year, entire communities are facing the hard pangs of hunger. In all Ethiopia, hunger regularly stalks almost eight million people.

An enterprising woman at the Delmas 48 camp sitting in front of her makeshift beauty salon. Credit: Oxfam

Blog: Time to think big in Haiti

Alexandros Yiannopoulos, Oxfam’s coordinator of food security and livelihoods in Haiti, is blogging for Channel 4 News Online.

It is now time to think big. Three weeks in we have a plan, good people in place and now we have to try to achieve one of the largest projects that I have ever managed, if not one of the largest Oxfam projects since the Tsunami.

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