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Families in the Honduran community of Copan used to survive on two or three small meals a day, but with support from Oxfam and a local partner organization, they now grow a wide variety of nutritious vegetables. Photo: Gilvan Barreto / Oxfam
Families in the Honduran community of Copan used to survive on two or three small meals a day, but with support from Oxfam and a local partner organization, they now grow a wide variety of nutritious vegetables. Photo: Gilvan Barreto / Oxfam

Gawain Kripke is Oxfam America’s policy director focusing on hunger and food issues. At the G8 summit he’s lobbying government officials and talking to journalists to keep the pressure for action.


Newsflash: G8 and other countries commit to $20 billion over three years for agriculture development.  This is $5 billion more than expected and came from “arm twisting” in the last few hours.

We still don’t have details, but this probably means more money – new money – for agriculture development.

This is a victory for President Obama who said, in his press conference today, “There’s no reason Africa can’t feed itself.  They have lots of arable land.”

Although this is still a fraction of the annual additional $25 billion to $40 billion needed, it’s a down payment on the goal of ending hunger.

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  1. wade@agrowgreen.com'Wade Swicord

    Good People,

    This cycle of food falling behind population causing starvation and then intervention to solve the food problem but with no attention to the population problem has been going on for too long. The results of this is that we have far too many people, food will become scarce and if the food scarcity is cured, more population results and the cycle continues. If it is not within the next few years, it will be soon that it will be impossible to feed the masses and then very serious trouble, not only starvation, will happen.
    Before any further attention is given to food, there should be serious discussion and proposals in regards to birth control and how we really should be handling the beginning and end of human lives. These most important aspects of human culture has increaslingly being shoved under the carpet.
    It is time to stop feeding people only to see them reproduce and then die of painful deaths while their offspring are poisoned by the chemicals that supposedly brought about a cure to the problem. The only logic to this senseless activity is death to the planet.

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