AFTER THE DROUGHT. The 2012 drought, Russian farmers, and the challenges of adapting to extreme weather events


Extreme weather events are becoming increasingly common in Russia, and the 2012 drought confirmed this trend. However, Russia still has only a small number of specific agricultural adaptation measures in place. This case study analyses the key difficulties that small-scale farmers faced as a result of the 2012 drought and discusses possible adaptation measures, which could be used to confront these. It argues that climate change and the absence of adaptation policies are creating food security problems and a livelihood crisis for small-scale farmers. Specific and well-designed adaptation policies could significantly ameliorate the problems faced by the Russian agricultural sector, and must be introduced as soon as possible. more...




Climate change is already having a negative impact on agricultural production in Russia, especially grain production, since this sector is perhaps the most dependent on weather and climate factors. This report presents an economic evaluation of the impact of climate change on crop production at the national level and a long-term economic evaluation of the losses, profits, and risks for agriculture throughout Russia. It analyses the situation in the two the major agricultural regions, where the negative effects of climate change are especially pronounced, and examines the prospects for adapting Russia’s agriculture to climate change. more...


THE ADAPTATION CHALLENGE. Key issues for crop production and agricultural livelihoods under climate change in the Russian Federation


Oxfam Research Report
Climate change has serious implications for global food production and food security. Part One of this report uses scientific data on current changes and future scenarios to examine possible impacts on crop production in the Russian Federation. It considers what measures Russia might need to implement to achieve its desired aim of playing a leading role in ensuring global food security. Part Two uses interviews with farmers to highlight ways in which they are adapting to new climatic conditions, but also the problems those conditions are posing, particularly to smallholders. It considers what more should be done to support their efforts to boost their resilience and contribute to national food security. more...


PRIVATE INVESTMENT IN AGRICULTURE Why it’s essential, and what’s needed


Massive investment in agriculture is desperately needed to help fix the broken food system. Private sector investment can play a vital role in delivering inclusive economic growth, environmental sustainability and poverty reduction. However, in order to do so, it must be adequately regulated and should adhere to some key principles, such as focusing on local food markets, working with producer organisations and respecting the rights of small-scale producers, workers and communities. more...


EXTREME WEATHER, EXTREME PRICES. The costs of feeding a warming world


This briefing draws on new research which models the impact of extreme weather on the prices of key international staple crops in 2030. It suggests that existing research, which considers the gradual effects of climate change but does not take account of extreme weather, is significantly underestimating the potential implications of climate change for food prices. This research shows how extreme weather events in a single year could bring about price spikes of comparable magnitude to two decades of long-run price rises. It signals the urgent need for a full stress-testing of the global food system in a warming world. more...


The Food Transformation. Harnessing consumer power to create a fair food future


Every time you open your fridge and food cupboards, you step into the global food system. Sounds odd, but it’s true. The system is an enormously complex web of all the people, businesses, organizations and governments involved in the production, distribution, sale and consumption of food. Irrespective of who we are, or where we are on the planet, the food we eat is made available by this global food system. more...


“A Safe and Just Space for Humanity – Can We Live Within The Doughnut?”


Ending poverty need put no additional stress on the planet’s natural resources, according to a new report published today by international agency Oxfam. According to the paper’s author Kate Raworth, human deprivation and environmental degradation must be tackled together as humanity’s two major operating boundaries – “social boundaries” like hunger, inequality and ill-health and the “planetary or environmental boundaries” like climate change and biodiversity loss - are inextricably linked.


The Impact of Russia’s 2010 Grain Export Ban


This report looks at the short- and long-term impact of the grain export ban issued by the Russian government during 2010-11. It shows that the ban did not bring food prices down in Russia, that it increased the price of grain internationally, and helped create an environment where price spikes and general instability are far more likely in the future. The report concludes with recommendations for alternative policies to increase food security in the future. more...


Growing a Better Future. SUMMARY.


Food justice in a resource-constrained world. This is a summary of the Oxfam report ‘Growing a Better Future: Food justice in a resourceconstrained world’, which outlines the

basis for Oxfam’s Grow campaign. more...


Growing a Better Future.


This report was written by Robert Bailey and coordinated by Gonzalo Fanjul. Its development was a co-operative effort, involving Oxfam staff and partner organisations. It draws on the findings of a research programme managed by Richard King, Javier Pérez and Kelly Gilbride. Alex Evans, Javier García, Silvia Gómez, Duncan Green, Kirsty Hughes, Richard King, Kate Raworth, Jodie Thorpe, Kevin Watkins and Dirk Willenbockel made specific written contributions to the report, which also draws on an extensive list of case studies, notes and background research that can be found at more...

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