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Fixing the food system is a huge challenge - the biggest we've ever faced. Help kick up a storm about where progress has been made - and about the challenges we still face - by sharing these facts on Facebook and Twitter.

We’ve put together some of the most interesting facts and figures from the GROW Report for you here.

You can copy and paste the facts and insert Oxfam's GROW url into your tweet: http://oxf.am/growNZ

  • 40% of the US corn crop ends up in gas tanks instead of stomachs #GROW
  • 500 million small farms in developing countries help feed almost 2 bn people #GROW
  • By 2050 more than 4 billion people will live in countries that are chronically short of water.
  • Consumers in rich countries may waste as much as a 1/4 of the food they buy.
  • Demand for water will #GROW by 30% by 2030.
  • From 1998-2010, the Vietnamese govt halved the number of hungry people in the country http://oxf.am/Zvj #GROW
  • In 2009 investments in renewables overtook fossil fuel spending for the 1st time.
  • In 2009 worldwide subsidies for fossil fuels were $312bn but only $57bn for renewable energy.
  • India doubled the size of its economy from 1990-2005. Despite this, the number of hungry people grew by more than the population of France
  • International food prices of some basic foods - such as rice, wheat and maize - are set to more than double by 2030.
  • It's estimated that 3 agribusiness firms (Cargill, Bunge and ADM) control nearly 90% of grain trading.
  • Largely thanks to govt policies, the proportion of hungry people in Brazil almost halved between 1992-2007 http://bit.ly/bvxRl5
  • Some poor countries spend up to 6x as much on importing oil as they do on essential services such as #health
  • The amount of arable land per head has almost halved since 1960.
  • The global emissions cuts offers could still see temps rise by 3-4C #climate
  • Until the mid-90s, global hunger was in decline. Had progress been maintained, 413 million fewer ppl would be hungry today #GROW
  • World population is set to hit #9billion by 2050