Oxfam reaction following US Department of Agriculture’s announcement on crop production

13th Sep 2012

In response to the US Department of Agriculture Crop Report yesterday, Oxfam's head of advocacy for the GROW campaign Colin Roche said:

"The picture painted by the USDA crop report confirms the dramatic impact the US drought has had on American production and global food supplies.

 "It's time for a meeting of the Rapid Response Forum to respond to high food prices resulting from the US drought, because millions of people still cannot afford to eat.

"G20 governments must end biofuels mandates which convert food into fuel and drive up the price of food, ensure no export restrictions are imposed by the major food exporting countries, and provide assistance to poor people at risk of hunger.

"At the Committee for Food Security meeting next month, governments must address the underlying causes of food price volatility by insisting on better regulation and more transparency in commodity markets, increasing investment in small holder agriculture and supporting poor countries to set up food reserves."

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To see the USDA's announcement in full, click here:

http://usda01.library.cornell.edu/usda/current/CropProd/CropProd-09-12-2012.pdf

Oxfam will be launching a report on Monday 17 September outlining the case for the EU to reverse its biofuels mandate. To see the embargoed release and report or for more information, contact Tricia O'Rourke: torourke@oxfam.org.uk / +44 (0)7989 965359 / +44 (0)1865 472498.