Why Oxfam Can Hold Brands Accountable for Land Grabbing

Oxfam scored big in March when it announced that Pepsico, the second largest food and beverage brand, agreed to cease land grabbing in its supply chain. “Consumer power just got a little bit stronger,” said Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International. The second biggest food and beverage company in the world has committed to […]

Monday Morning Reads: January 20

Monday Morning Reads: January 20

Happy Martin Luther King Day! To honor his legacy we support Save the Children’s The Real Awards that honors health workers around the world. Today we have several foreign policy as well as global health and development news stories that we found of great interest. If you have read any compelling pieces lately that you think […]

Chad Comes in Last in New Global Food Index

Chad Comes in Last in New Global Food Index

Yesterday Oxfam released its new Global Food Index that shows the best and worst places to eat. Across all indicators Chad came in dead last in the index. The indicators to rank the countries include having enough food to eat, food affordability, diabetes and overweight citizens, and food quality. In fact, along with Chad, eighteen […]

Gift Animals from Oxfam to Those in Need

Gift Animals from Oxfam to Those in Need

You are what you give and Aziz Ansari from Parks and Recreation is “being” a goat this year. You can “be” a goat or another one of Oxfam’s charity gifts at OxfamGifts.com. Giving an animal to a family in need in a developing country can mean the difference between living in poverty and being self-sustaining. […]

What You Can Do to Celebrate World Food Day

What You Can Do to Celebrate World Food Day

Global food instability is a complex issue. Factors such as poverty, food prices, climate change, food distribution, smallholder farmers, women farmers, crude oil, fertilizers, plant varieties, pest management, irrigation, and even armed conflicts affect people’s access to food. That is why even in 2012 one billion people still go to bed hungry every night. That […]

Join Kristin Davis and Djimon Hounsou on Sahel Relief

Join Kristin Davis and Djimon Hounsou on Sahel Relief

Much has been written here about the crisis in the Sahel region of western Africa. While there is no famine like we saw last year in the Horn of Africa, there are entire countries that are in desperate need of food relief. Due to failed crops and rising food prices and in some countries government […]

Will the G20 Ignore the Developing World During Euro Crisis?

Will the G20 Ignore the Developing World During Euro Crisis?

While the Earth Summit takes place in Rio this week the G20 will take place in Los Cabos, Mexico. What’s on the agenda? Figuring out what to do about the Eurozone primarily. “Everybody knows that this meeting is coming at an absolutely critical time,” said World Bank President Robert Zoellick. “We’re waiting for Europe to […]

It Makes Sense to Source Food Aid From Local Areas

It Makes Sense to Source Food Aid From Local Areas

Oxfam America has launched a brilliant video showing how wasteful we are with food aid. The United States gives a lot of money to food relief agencies, which is a mere drop in the bucket (.05%) when looking at our budget as a whole. Oxfam says that we can feed more people (17 million more!) […]

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