This report describes a new age of a growing crisis: food price spikes and oil price hikes, devastating weather events, financial meltdowns, and global contagion. It advocates that Governments’ top priorities should be to tackle hunger, reduce vulnerability and build resilience by creating jobs, adapting to climate change, investing in disaster risk reduction, and extending social protection.
Based on the experience and research of Oxfam staff and partners around the world, the report shows how the food system is at once a driver of this fragility and highly vulnerable to it, and why in the twenty-first century it leaves 925 million people hungry. It presents new research forecasting price rises for staple grains in the range of 120–180 per cent within the next two decades, as resource pressures mount and climate change takes hold. The report also supports a new campaign with a simple message: another future is possible, and we can build it together.
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