The good news about climate change?

This week’s UN summit on climate change was, in many ways, a missed opportunity to prevent suffering and hunger. This is not good news, but the work does not stop here. Catherine Meredith reviews what has been achieved and takes a look at all the ways in which Oxfam is working on climate change from programme implementation to research and …

Extreme weather and food insecurity – a sign of things to come?

The number of extreme weather events around the world appears to be increasing, and this is impacting on global food security. Here Dr. John Ingram of the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University introduces new research and draws lessons from extreme weather events in Pakistan, Russia, the Philippines and East Africa since 2010.  This week’s news again highlights the problems of flooding and …

Let’s get down to business at the UN Climate Summit

Business has a key role to play in tackling global climate change. In the run-up to the UN climate summit on Tuesday Danielle Smith reviews promising new business initiatives, and introduces our report on the subject, but warns that still more action is needed from governments and businesses to avoid runaway climate change. Climate change has implications for food security and livelihoods, which …

How are environmental shocks related to food security?

Extreme weather events can increase the likelihood of household hunger and child stunting, but previous episodes of food insecurity may be even more important. Richard King, Policy Research Adviser, introduces University of Oxford research on food security from the ‘Young Lives’ study of childhood poverty in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam. How are environmental shocks related to food security? We’ve …

The UK’s unique opportunity to change millions of lives

On 12th September UK MPs have the chance to make a binding legal commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of national income on overseas aid. Here Oxfam’s Chief Executive, Mark Goldring, explains what such a decision could mean for millions of people living in poverty around the world. Kulang was days old when South Sudan became the world’s newest country three …