Oxfam International Blogs - Food price volatility http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/tags/food-price-volatility en Miracle ou mirage : qui profite des prix élevés du riz au Viêt Nam ? http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/10483 <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>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 ?</strong></p> <p>En dépit des niveaux record de la production et des exportations de riz, la pauvreté demeure un phénomène essentiellement rural. Il faut savoir que, même si la riziculture reste le moyen de subsistance le plus courant au Viêt Nam, ce n’est pas la principale source de revenus pour la plupart des agriculteurs, hommes et femmes. Le revenu moyen des ménages qui cultivent du riz dans le delta du Mékong, la région la plus favorable à la riziculture, ne se monte qu’à 535 000 dôngs (environ 24,50 dollars) par personne et par mois, soit environ la moitié du salaire minimum vital. De mon point de vue, il y a une ironie cruelle dans le fait que les populations des campagnes vivent entourées des moyens de produire de la nourriture et continuent pourtant d’en manquer. </p> <p>Un nouveau rapport d’Oxfam, intitulé « <strong><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/sites/blogs.oxfam.org/files/who-benefits-rice-prices-vietnam-full-20131017.pdf" target="_blank" title="Who has benefited from high rice prices in Viet Nam? (Oxfam/GROW - IPSARD, October 2013) ">Qui profite des prix élevés du riz au Viêt Nam</a></strong> » (en anglais uniquement), met en lumière la répartition inéquitable des bénéfices dans la chaîne de valeur du riz. Les riziculteurs de la province d’An Giang ne reçoivent que 30 % des bénéfices, alors même qu’ils supportent 60 à 70 % des coûts totaux de production. Le reste des bénéfices est réparti entre les exportateurs et les intermédiaires basés dans le delta du Mékong, où leur rôle d’intermédiaire ne passe pas inaperçu.</p> <h3>Les exportations entre les mains de quelques entreprises</h3> <p></p> <p>Compte tenu de la petite taille et la dispersion des fermes, des décalages dans les dates de ramassage et des difficultés de transport, il est rare que les exportateurs achètent directement aux producteurs. Les exportations vietnamiennes de riz sont concentrées entre les mains de quelques grandes entreprises, principalement des entreprises d’État. Les deux plus grandes, Vinafood I et Vinafood II, contrôlent près de 50 % des exportations totales.</p> <p><strong>La plupart des exportateurs n’investissent pas dans la riziculture.</strong> Parmi les exportateurs de riz, environ 5 à 7 % choisissent de renforcer et resserrer leurs liens avec les agriculteurs en fournissant des intrants et une assistance technique ou en concluant de contrats. Les autres investissent leurs bénéfices dans diverses activités telles que l’aquaculture, l’élevage et le commerce des intrants, voire même dans des secteurs aussi éloignés de la production de riz que le commerce automobile et l’immobilier. </p> <p>Il n’est pas raisonnable que les agriculteurs ne reçoivent que 30 % des bénéfices, et parfois moins, alors qu’ils doivent dépenser l’essentiel de leurs revenus et faire face à une série de risques, dont les conditions météorologiques, les catastrophes naturelles, les nuisibles et les maladies. </p> <p>Ce sont en outre les riziculteurs qui souffrent le plus des fluctuations des prix. Si les cours mondiaux baissent, leur prix de vente suit. Mais, en cas de hausse des cours mondiaux, c’est à peine si les <strong><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farm_gate_value" title=" prix à la ferme, prix agricole à la production ou à la sortie de l'exploitation" rel="nofollow">prix à la ferme</a></strong> augmentent. Faute de bons moyens de stockage, la qualité du riz se détériore rapidement après la récolte, ce qui fait baisser les prix, surtout en situation d’offre excédentaire et d’effondrement des prix en cas de bonne récolte, dont souffrent particulièrement les agriculteurs du pays.</p> <h3>Les agriculteurs pas consultés</h3> <p>Les <strong><a href="http://www.unescap.org/pdd/calendar/CSN-3dpf/3DP-Vietnam-rice-economy.pdf" target="_blank" title=" policy and perspective (IPSARD / MARD, June 2011)" rel="nofollow">mesures récemment adoptées</a></strong> par le gouvernement vietnamien montrent clairement que celui-ci reconnaît <strong><a href="http://lecourrier.vn/lecourrier/fr-fr/details/11/opinion/69214/la-restructuration-de-la-riziculture-une-urgence.aspx" target="_blank" title="La restructuration de la riziculture, une urgence (Le Courrier du Vietnam, 28 septembre 2013)" rel="nofollow">l’importance du riz pour le pays</a></strong>. Mais il existe un problème fondamental dans le processus de décision politique : les agriculteurs que l’on souhaite aider ne sont pas consultés. De nombreuses politiques s’avèrent dès lors inappropriées. Elles ne prennent pas en compte la fluctuation des coûts de production et n’assurent pas encore une stabilité de revenus aux populations les plus démunies du pays.</p> <p>Dans son rapport, Oxfam formule les recommandations suivantes pour améliorer les politiques rizicoles au Viêt Nam :</p> <ul><li><strong>Il est essentiel que les agriculteurs pauvres et marginalisés demeurent au cœur du processus décisionnaire</strong> si l’on veut assurer une croissance durable, équitable et résiliente. Une stratégie de restructuration ne tenant aucun compte de la contribution des petits agriculteurs et niant leur potentiel et leurs aspirations se traduira par des cohortes de crève-la-faim sans emploi ni terre. </li> <li>Afin de mieux cibler les politiques rizicoles et d’en optimiser l’impact, le plan directeur du secteur devrait <strong>distinguer la production agroindustrielle de la production paysanne à caractère vivrier ou destinée aux marchés locaux</strong>. Les agriculteurs qui ne se spécialisent pas dans la riziculture doivent pouvoir pratiquer la diversité. </li> <li>La production de riz nécessite beaucoup d’intrants et engendre des émissions de CO2 importantes. Elle est donc extrêmement onéreuse si l’on prend tous les coûts en considération. Il convient de <strong>promouvoir des pratiques axées sur les agriculteurs et à l’épreuve du <a href="http://www.oxfammagasinsdumonde.be/2011/10/riz-et-changement-climatique-2/" target="_blank" title="Riz et changement climatique (Oxfam Magasins du Monde, 7 octobre 2011)" rel="nofollow">changement climatique</a></strong>, telles que le <strong><a href="http://politicsofpoverty.oxfamamerica.org/2013/05/16/system-of-rice-intensification-simple-and-effective/" target="_blank" title=" System of Rice Intensification in Vietnam (Oxfam America, May 16th, 2013)" rel="nofollow">système de riziculture intensive</a></strong>.</li> </ul><p>Pour que la croissance du secteur du riz au Viêt Nam soit durable, tout le monde doit bénéficier de l’accroissement des richesses. Cet avenir ne sera possible que si les principaux acteurs du secteur – notamment le ministère du Commerce et de l’Industrie, le ministère de l’Agriculture et du Développement rural, le ministère des Finances, la Viet Nam Food Association et les représentants de la riziculture – se réunissent pour examiner les approches proposées et déterminer la marche à suivre pour cultiver un avenir meilleur.</p> <p><strong>&gt;&gt; Retrouvez les principaux événements organisés dans le cadre de <a href="/fr/blogs/13-10-14-semaine-cultivons" rel="nofollow">la semaine CULTIVONS</a> à travers le monde &lt;&lt;</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/fr/cultivons/signup" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Miracle ou mirage : qui profite des prix élevés du riz au Viêt Nam ?</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_en first last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-10-17-rice-miracle-or-mirage-who-gains-high-rice-prices-vietnam" title="Rice miracle or mirage: Who gains from high rice prices in Vietnam?" class="translation-link" xml:lang="en">English</a></li> </ul> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:25:20 +0000 Minh Le 10483 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/10483#comments Rice miracle or mirage: Who gains from high rice prices in Vietnam? http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-10-17-rice-miracle-or-mirage-who-gains-high-rice-prices-vietnam <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>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?</strong></p> <p>In the face of record-level rice production and export quantities, poverty continues to be a predominantly rural phenomenon. And even though rice growing remains the most popular livelihood in Viet Nam, it is not the main income for the majority of growers. The average income of rice growing households in the Mekong Delta, the region with the best rice growing conditions, is merely VND 535,000 per person (some USD 24.50) per month, which is about half the minimum living wage.</p> <p>From my perspective, it is a cruel irony that people in the countryside are surrounded by the means to produce food and yet go without.</p> <p>Oxfam’s latest report, “<strong><a href="/sites/blogs.oxfam.org/files/who-benefits-rice-prices-vietnam-full-20131017.pdf" rel="nofollow">Who has benefited from high rice prices in Viet Nam?</a></strong>” (PDF, 11 MB) shows that benefits in the rice value chain are distributed unfairly. Rice farmers in An Giang province received only 30 percent of the profit in the value chain even though farmers bear 60 to 70 percent of the total production costs. The remainder of profits is split between exporters and intermediaries in the Mekong Delta, where their role of intermediaries does not go unnoticed.</p> <h3>Exports are controlled by a few large companies</h3> <p>Small farm-size, scattered locations, varying timing of collection, and transportation challenges mean that exporters rarely buy directly from farmers. The Vietnam rice export business is concentrated in the hands of a few large companies, mainly state-owned enterprises. The two largest corporations, Vinafood I and Vinafood II, control nearly 50 percent of Viet Nam’s total rice exports.</p> <p><strong>Most rice exporters do not invest in rice growers.</strong> About five to seven per cent of rice exporters choose to strengthen closer links with farmers through input supply, technical assistance, and contract farming. However, the remainder of rice exporting companies invest their profits in diverse activities including aquaculture, livestock production, input trade, even industries as far from rice production as car trading and real estate investment.</p> <p>It is not reasonable that farmers only get a 30 percent profit share, or often less, when they spend the greatest proportion of their incomes and at the same time face multiple risks like weather, natural disasters, pests, and diseases.</p> <p>Also, rice farmers experience the worst effects of price fluctuations. If global prices go down, their selling price reduces. However, when global prices rise, increases on <strong><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farm_gate_value" rel="nofollow">farm-gate selling prices</a></strong> have been minimal. A lack of good storage capacity means rice quality diminishes rapidly post-harvest and pushes prices down due to supply surplus or a “good-harvest-bad-price” situation in the country that hits farmers the hardest.</p> <h3>Farmers are not consulted in policy making</h3> <p>The recognition of the value of rice to the country is clear in the <strong><a href="http://www.unescap.org/pdd/calendar/CSN-3dpf/3DP-Vietnam-rice-economy.pdf" rel="nofollow">Viet Nam government’s recent range of policies</a></strong>. But there is a fundamental problem with the policy making process: the farmers they intend to help are not consulted. Consequently, many policies are inappropriate, do not take into account variations in costs of production, and as yet have failed to ensure stable incomes for Viet Nam’s poorest people.</p> <p>The Oxfam report highlights that rice policies in Viet Nam can be improved through the following measures:</p> <ul><li> <p><strong>Poor and marginalized farmers must be kept at the heart of the decision-making process</strong> to ensure that growth is sustainable, equitable and resilient. A restructuring strategy that ignores the contribution of small-scale farmers and denies their potential and aspirations will result in cohorts of landless, jobless, and hungry people.</p> </li> <li> <p>To improve targeting and impact of rice policies, the rice sector master plan would require <strong>differentiating commercial production and small-scale production</strong> for self-consumption or sale in local markets. Farmers in non-core rice production areas should be enabled to diversify.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Rice production is highly input-intensive</strong> and is a high carbon emitter, thus, is extremely costly when all costs count. Farmer-led and climate-resilient practices such as the <strong><a href="http://politicsofpoverty.oxfamamerica.org/2013/05/16/system-of-rice-intensification-simple-and-effective/" rel="nofollow">System of Rice Intensification should be promoted</a></strong>.</p> </li> </ul><p>For rice sector growth in Viet Nam to be sustainable, everybody needs to benefit from the increased wealth. This future can be achieved only if key stakeholders – particularly the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Finance, Viet Nam Food Association, and rice farmers’ representatives – convene to discuss the proposed approaches and determine the steps and processes to grow a better future.</p> <h3>You may also like:</h3> <p><strong>“Who has benefited from high rice prices in Viet Nam?”: <a href="/sites/blogs.oxfam.org/files/who-benefits-rice-prices-vietnam-full-20131017.pdf" rel="nofollow">Full report</a></strong> (PDF, 11 MB) or <strong><a href="/sites/blogs.oxfam.org/files/who-benefits-rice-prices-vietnam-brief-20131017.pdf" rel="nofollow">policy brief</a></strong> (PDF, 3 MB)</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/policy/growing-better-future-viet-nam" rel="nofollow">Growing a Better Future in Viet Nam: Expanding rights, voices and choices for small-scale farmers</a></strong> (October 2012)</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/vietnam" rel="nofollow">Oxfam's work in Vietnam</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/grow/signup" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Rice miracle or mirage: Who gains from high rice prices in Vietnam?</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/13-10-21-miracle-mirage-prix-eleves-riz-viet-nam" title="Miracle ou mirage : qui profite des prix élevés du riz au Viêt Nam ?" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 14:33:03 +0000 Minh Le 10477 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-10-17-rice-miracle-or-mirage-who-gains-high-rice-prices-vietnam#comments We need to break Africa's hunger cycle http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/12-08-13-we-need-break-africas-hunger-cycle <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>Harne Waddaye, a 60-year-old grandmother, digs for food in the bare earth outside the small village of Louga in the African country of <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/video/2012/west-and-central-africa-food-crisis-chad" target="_blank" title=" Chad" rel="nofollow">Chad</a>.</strong> She is not digging for wild roots or for ones she has planted. She is raiding ant nests for the grain they have stored. The few grains she is able to gather will go along with the leaves from trees her daughter collects to feed her four children and six grand children. It is a meagre fare. </p> <p>She is one of the 18 million people at risk of a severe hunger across a band of Africa that stretches thousands of miles from Senegal in the west to Chad in the very centre of the continent - a distance equivalent to the journey from San Francisco to New York.</p> <p><strong>This year has been a bad year </strong>with little rain. The year before last was also bad year and five years ago similarly bad. But even in good years women like Harne resort to raiding ant nests to feed their families during the ‘hungry season’ when food is short. This exceptional act is the norm for many in this part of Africa. </p> <p>In a world where there is more than enough food to feed everyone we have to ask ourselves why we allow this to happen and more importantly what we need to do to end it. </p> <p>The world knows what to do in the short term to save lives and what to do in the long term to secure people’s livelihoods. The tragedy is that it fails to do it. </p> <h3>Acting early to save lives and money</h3> <p><strong>For the short term we need to act quicker</strong> on the warning signs. A report by Oxfam and Save the Children on last year’s East African food crisis showed that <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/dangerous-delay" target="_blank" title=" The cost of late response to early warnings in the 2011 drought in the Horn of Africa" rel="nofollow">thousands of lives were lost due to the slow response</a></strong> to that catastrophe. Acting early to save lives makes moral sense but it also makes economic sense. During the 2004-5 food crisis in Niger the UN's humanitarian chief, Jan Egeland, pointed out that when the warning signs began it cost $1 per day to save a child from malnutrition but when the crisis was in full swing it cost $80 a day. Given that there is rightly such political concern that we get the most from every aid dollar spent it is perverse that politicians are so reluctant to act sooner. </p> <p><strong>A swift response is necessary but not enough.</strong> We need better leadership and coordination but there are deeper issues to tackle as well. For too long emergency aid has been coloured by the interests of the donors. We need to base our aid on the level of need not television exposure or foreign policy interests. Aid has also been far too much driven by giving people things that we have at hand. This is very much the case in some of the supply driven food aid. As humanitarians we need to listen to people more and work with them to come up with aid that is geared to their needs. </p> <h3>Food prices and social safety nets</h3> <p><strong>In the long term we need to break the hunger cycle</strong> so that women like Harne no longer rely on raiding ants nests. We will not be able to make it rain but we can help people build their own ability to withstand crises and look after their families without needing help from outside. In the aid world we call this resilience, but essentially all it comes down to is building a strong society and economy. </p> <p><strong>For the Sahel region this means dealing with problem of volatile <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/issues/food-price-spikes" target="_blank" title="The GROW campaign - Food price spikes" rel="nofollow">food prices</a></strong>. In many markets food is available but due to high prices it is out of reach of poor people. Developing food reserves in vulnerable regions will not only get food rapidly to where it is needed it will also help governments in those areas step in to bring down prices before a crisis develops. </p> <p><strong>Added to action on food prices we also need to help the most vulnerable</strong> through programmes which provide social safety nets. These guarantee a level of income to those in dire need. Giving people money instead of food or goods it a hand up not a hand out, it gives them the ability to choose what they need and puts them in the driving seat. </p> <p><strong>Finally there needs to be much more investment in producing food</strong> and moving away from a focus on the export of cash crops. Investing in <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/issues/small-scale-farming" target="_blank" title="Support for small-scale farming" rel="nofollow">small scale food producers</a></strong> not only increases the amount of food available it also builds the income of the producers themselves. Back in 2003 all African governments agreed to investing 10 per cent of their budgets on agriculture, very few have ever achieved this. </p> <p><strong>The big challenge though is politics.</strong> Politicians may be battered by events but essentially they choose whether or not to tackle the scourge of global hunger. The choice is theirs. David Cameron’s <strong><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/12/2012-hunger-summit-legacy-games" target="_blank" title=" The 2012 hunger summit could be the real legacy of the Games" rel="nofollow">nutrition summit</a></strong> is a welcome sign that hunger may be moving up the political agenda. Next year’s G8, chaired by the UK, is a real opportunity to act. </p> <p></p> <h3>Related links</h3> <p><strong>Act Now, <a href="http://www.sahel2012.org/" target="_blank" title="Sahel 2012 - Help stop the food crisis in West and Central Africa" rel="nofollow">sign the our Sahel2102 action</a> and help end the food crisis in Sahel</strong></p> <p><strong>Oxfam's response to the <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/sahel-food-crisis" target="_blank" title="Food Crisis in Sahel" rel="nofollow">Sahel food crisis</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Join the <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/grow" rel="nofollow">GROW Campaign</a></strong>, to fix the broken global food system, and ensure we all have enough to eat, always</p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>We need to break Africa&#039;s hunger cycle</h2></div> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 10:13:17 +0000 Barbara Stocking 9937 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/12-08-13-we-need-break-africas-hunger-cycle#comments #GROW Week day six: the famine in Somalia three months on http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/11-10-20-grow-week-day-six-famine-east-africa-three-months <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>Three months to the day since the announcement of famine in Somalia, the situation in the country remains severe. </strong></p> <p><strong></strong>Malnutrition rates among children in Somalia are the worst in the world. There are now 1.5 million Somalis – one in six of the population – who have been displaced and the upcoming rainy season brings the threat of outbreaks of disease among communities already weakened by malnutrition.</p> <p>Tens of thousands are reported to have already died – more than half of them children. The new escalation in fighting and insecurity along the Kenya-Somalia border risks increasing the suffering for civilians already devastated by drought and conflict. Food prices have rocketed.</p> <p>Drought and famine are just part of the reason some people do not have enough to eat. There are a whole host of interlinked factors. The global food system is bust. There is a prediction that staple grain prices will rise by 120-180% in the next 2 decades. The price of Sorghum, a major food source in Somalia, has soared by 240% in just 1 year. It's time to fix this. </p> <p><strong>Read: <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressrelease/2011-10-20/new-somalia-fighting-risks-increasing-famine-suffering" rel="nofollow">Somalia three months on</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Watch: <a href="https://app.aframe.com/links/fe45a9e0913252ffac05e41a492274aa" rel="nofollow">Three months on video</a></strong></p> <p>Making this the world's last famine: Charter to End Hunger</p> <p>As news of the escalating food crisis in the Horn of Africa started to hit the international media earlier this year, the same question must have been in many people’s minds: how could this have happened again? Oxfam Rights in Crisis Campaigner Celine Grey blogs about the <strong><a href="http://hungercharter.org/" rel="nofollow">Charter to End Hunger</a></strong>.</p> <p><strong>Read: <a href="http://growweek.posterous.com/east-africa-crisis-making-this-the-worlds-las" rel="nofollow">"Making This The World's Last Famine"</a></strong></p> <h3>Africans Act for Africa</h3> <p>Africans Act for Africa (AA4A) was formed in August 2011 to urge African governments to act in response to the East Africa food crisis by lending immediate financial support to ongoing relief efforts. AA4A want the African Union to demonstrate a long term plan to end hunger.</p> <p><strong>Read: <a href="http://growweek.posterous.com/because-no-one-should-die-from-hunger-african" rel="nofollow">Because No-one Should Die From Hunger</a> </strong></p> <p><strong>Watch: AA4A in<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2hlpM_2YtQ" rel="nofollow"> Kenya</a> and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9cc3-kt3I8" rel="nofollow">Tanzania</a> on YouTube</strong></p> <p>GROW launches in Sri Lanka</p> <p>The GROW campaign was launched in Sri Lanka on October 18 in Colombo in an event titled “Global Food Crisis: Opportunities and Challenges”. In Sri Lanka around four million people are undernourished. Expectant mothers and children are the most affected by malnutrition. Almost one in five children in Sri Lanka has a low birth weight and around 500,000 children are reported to be underweight. Global food price increase and extreme weath events are already having an impact on vulnerable communities in the country.</p> <p><strong>Read: <a href="http://growweek.posterous.com/grow-launches-in-sri-lanka" rel="nofollow">GROW launch in Sri Lanka</a></strong></p> <h3><strong>Food price volatility stunt at FAO HQ in Rome</strong></h3> <p>Oxfam activists descended on the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) headquarters yesterday (October 19) to ask delegates at the CFS (Committee on World Food Security) to act on food price volatility, a phenomenon which in 2010 alone pushed 44 million people into poverty.</p> <p>Volunteers dressed up as farmers and posed for press photographers armed with rice and wheat to show symbolically how food price volatility affects how much basic food people can afford.</p> <p><strong>See: <a href="http://growweek.posterous.com/oxfam-stunt-this-morning-at-fao-rome" rel="nofollow">Photos from the stunt in Rome</a></strong></p> <h3><strong>Duncan Green live Facebook Q&amp;A about GROW 1-2pm BST tomorrow</strong></h3> <p>Tomorrow (Friday October 21) at 1pm UK time (12 GMT) for one hour, Head of Research at Oxfam Duncan Green will be online to answer your questions about the GROW campaign. You can ask him about any of the GROW issues, including land grabs and land rights, climate change, rising food prices, hunger, poverty, small scale farmers, investment and agriculture.</p> <p>Can't make the lunchtime date? Not a problem. Leave a question on the GROW Facebook wall and we will do our best to get it answered. You can find a list of questions <a href="http://growweek.posterous.com/duncan-green-live-facebook-qa-about-the-grow" rel="nofollow"><strong>here</strong></a> to give you some food for thought. </p> <p><strong>Visit GROW on Facebook at 1pm BST tomorrow: <a href="http://www.facebook.com/GROWgarden" rel="nofollow">www.facebook.com/GROWgarden</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Read: From Poverty to Power: <a href="http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/" rel="nofollow">Small Farms Can Be Beautiful</a></strong></p> <h3>Coming up: Land grabs action and more GROW campaign launches from around the world </h3> <p></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>#GROW Week day six: the famine in Somalia three months on</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blog/11-10-21-semaine-cultivons-famine-afrique-est-trois-mois" title="Semaine CULTIVONS : la famine en Afrique de l’Est dure depuis trois mois " class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> <li class="translation_es last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blog/11-10-21-semana-crece-dia-seis-la-hambruna-en-el-cuerno-de-africa-tres-meses-despues" title="Semana #CRECE, día seis: la hambruna en el Cuerno de África tres meses después " class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 12:04:40 +0000 Rosie Cowling 9621 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/11-10-20-grow-week-day-six-famine-east-africa-three-months#comments