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Oxfam report: "Feeding Climate Change - What the Paris Agreement means for food and beverage companies"

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29 June 2016

Feeding Climate Change: Interactive graphics on greenhouse gas emissions by food commodities

Author: Oxfam

The food sector is responsible for a large portion of greenhouse gas emissions, which drive global climate change. The sector also relies on the labor and production of millions of small-scale farmers and agricultural workers in the regions most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Explore the graphics below to see how much greenhouse gas some of the world’s major food commodities emit — from staples like rice to speciality commodities like coffee — and the level of water scarcity in the regions they’re grown. Also, read the stories of the farmers who grow these commodities are being impacted by climate change.

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29 June 2016

Full report: "Feeding Climate Change"

Author: Rebecca Pearl-Martinez & Tim Gore, Oxfam

The Paris Agreement marked a major breakthrough in support for climate action from many parts of the business community, including from key actors in the food and beverage sector. But despite significant progress, much work remains both to cut greenhouse gas emissions and to support the millions of people already hit by climate change.As one of the sectors that is at highest risk of being affected by climate change, responsible for a giant emissions footprint and reliant on millions of small-scale farmers and agricultural workers in the regions most vulnerable to climate change, the food and beverage sector should lead the next generation of post-Paris corporate climate commitments.This paper presents new data commissioned from the research consultancy CE Delft on the greenhouse gas emissions footprints and water scarcity footprints of major food commodities. The data demonstrate the vital role the food and beverage industry can and must play in turning the Paris Agreement into a springboard for the stronger climate action needed...If the top five highest-emitting foodcommodities (rice, soy bean, maize, palm oil and wheat) were a country, they would be the third highest emitter on the planet – only surpassed by China and the USA...

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27 June 2016

Commentary: "Will business continue to feed climate change?"

Author: Irit Tamir, Oxfam America

While the transition away from fossil fuels remains central to the Paris target of limiting the temperature increase to 1.5°C, this will only remain within reach with significant additional emissions cuts across all sectors of the economy over the next decade, including from the global food system that accounts for around 25% of global emissions...As an industry with such a sizable emissions footprint and one that relies on millions of farmers and agricultural workers in regions that are already being significantly affected by climate change, the sector also has a major responsibility to play a prominent role in fighting climate change...Many food and beverage companies have already shown their willingness to lead on climate action...Now the food and beverage sector must build on this by addressing the substantial agricultural emissions associated with their supply chains. As Kellogg and General Mills have demonstrated, the best way to do this is through setting science-based mitigation targets for their entire supply chains...[Also refers to Ben & Jerry's, Coca-Cola, Danone , Mars, Nestlé , PepsiCo and Unilever]

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