Food and climate change

Decades of vital, hard-won progress in the fight against hunger could unravel unless governments and big businesses take action on climate change.

Together we must show our leaders we want poor people worldwide to have a fighting chance.

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Too much weather, not enough food


As our planet warms up, extreme, unpredictable weather is disrupting growing seasons, killing livestock, destroying harvests, and sending global food prices through the roof.

After devastating floods in the UK in early 2014, it's not hard to imagine what global warming could mean for us all. And for those who did the least to cause it - nearly a billion of the world's poorest people - the reality is an even greater struggle to feed their families.

Too much old energy, not enough renewables


Dirty fossil fuels account for around two-thirds of global carbon emissions.

To slow climate change and give poor food producers a fighting chance, we need policy-makers to be forward in their thinking, not prehistoric. 

That means ambitious action from governments and big business to reduce harmful emissions, increase investment in renewable energy and protect poor farmers from the effects of climate change.

Too much politics, not enough ambition


John Ferguson

Political challenges are hindering our progress on fighting climate change, and pushing people further into poverty and keeping them there. There are solutions which we know can work, but only if powerful vested interests weren't standing in the way.

The most polluting industries are determined to undermine our chances for a fairer, greener future and are already lobbying leaders hard.

Giving farmers a fighting chance


Oxfam is already helping communities on the frontline of climate change to adapt and protect the land and livestock they rely on to feed their families.

So we know how things could be different if politicians and businesses act now to give them a fighting chance.

Read Virginia's story of successfully adapting her farm to changing seasons and conditions.

How Oxfam is helping communities adapt and thrive