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09 Sep 2016 description
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Policy briefing

When food prices spiked in 2008, the international price of basic food items peaked at unprecedented levels, bringing a wave of food riots in low-income countries. Subsequent price volatility had huge impacts on millions of people who struggled to feed their families nutritiously. Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility was a real-time investigation by IDS and Oxfam of the experiences of people on low and uncertain incomes as they made dramatic adjustments to their place in the global economy in the wake of the food and financial crises that began in 2007.

01 May 2015 description
report Oxfam

South Asia

Nepal Earthquake

On Saturday 25 April, an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 on the Richter scale struck the poor, landlocked and mountainous Asian state of Nepal. By 30 April, the death toll had risen to more than 5,500 and the UN estimates that 8million people across the country are affected by the disaster – more than a quarter of the population.

23 May 2013 description

Food prices squeezing poor people and driving social change by stealth

A new era of high and volatile food prices go beyond affecting what people can afford to eat and are causing life-changing shifts in society, experts warn today.

20 Sep 2010 description

- New report shows Somalia and Haiti top list of global education hot spots

- Former UK Prime Minister Brown warns that a "generation could be condemned to poverty"

- Rich countries breaking their aid promises and using education funds for domestic universities

Somalia and Haiti have topped a list of the world's worst places to be a school child as a new report from the Global Campaign for Education, backed by organizations including Education International, Oxfam, Plan, Save the Children and VSO warned that poor countries are teetering on the brink of an education …

16 Oct 2008 description
report Oxfam

The recent sharp increase in food prices should have benefited millions of poor people who make their living from agriculture. However, decades of misguided policies by developing country governments on agriculture, trade, and domestic markets - often promoted by international financial institutions and supported by donor countries - have prevented poor farmers and rural workers from reaping the benefits of higher commodity prices. As a result, the crisis is hurting poor producers and consumers alike, threatening to reverse recent progress on poverty reduction in many countries.

22 Mar 2006 description
report Oxfam

El agua es un elemento fundamental para la vida y el desarrollo sostenible, la erradicación de la pobreza y el hambre, y esencial para la salud de las personas. Sin embargo, sigue siendo un lujo para millones de habitantes del mundo que viven en los países en vías de desarrollo. En la actualidad unos 1.100 millones de personas no tienen acceso a agua potable. Es decir que uno de cada 6 ciudadanos del mundo no pueden disponer de agua para vivir. Otros 2.600 millones de habitantes, el 40% de la población mundial, carece de acceso a saneamiento básico.