Friday, June 3, 2011

Food crisis will create millions more hungry: Oxfam

A “broken” food system coupled with depleting natural resources and severe climate change will more than double the price of staples such as corn in the next two decades as demand spirals, hitting poor people the hardest, according to an Oxfam International report.

The international aid agency’s “Growing a Better Future,” a 74-page report released Tuesday, chronicles symptoms of a worldwide food crisis that “will create millions more hungry people unless we transform the way we grow and share food.”

The report was released before Oxfam’s launch Wednesday of a global GROW campaign to pressure governments to beef up policies to address hunger, and lobby companies to do their share in helping drive down food prices.

“Our world is capable of feeding all of humanity, yet one in seven [925 million people worldwide] of us are hungry today,” says Jeremy Hobbs, executive director of Oxfam. “In this new age of crisis, as climate change impacts become increasingly severe and fertile land and fresh water supplies become increasingly scarce, feeding the world will get harder still.

“Millions more men, women and children will go hungry unless we transform our broken food system.” (read more)