Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea's vast land area makes it the largest Pacific island country. It is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, with more than 800 indigenous languages.

Over 80 percent of people live in rural areas and depend on subsistence agriculture. Infrastructure is poor and much of the rural population has little or no access to basic facilities. 

Oxfam concentrates on improving livelihoods in Papua New Guinea by working with partners to help people achieve the right to live free from poverty, in a secure and just society, with food security.

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What Will Become of Us?

About 60 million people across Southern Africa and the Horn, Central America, and the Pacific face worsening hunger and poverty due to droughts and crop failures in 2014–15 that have been exacerbated by the El Niño weather system in 2015–16. This number is likely to rise. The international response is working, but much more is needed and long-term solutions must be found.

This report gives a voice to some of the people Oxfam is working with in Ethiopia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, El Salvador and Papua New Guinea. They explain how they have lived through bad times before, but that this drought is much worse than previous ones.