2005 News

December 21, 2005

As you tuck into chocolate this Christmas, spare a thought for the farmers who have grown the cocoa. Cocoa farming is labour intensive work, but for most farmers it provides only a meagre income. A typical Ghanaian cocoa farmer gets just 1.2% of the price we pay for a bar of chocolate!

December 20, 2005

The EU and the US must put radically new offers on the WTO negotiating table in the new year or risk seeing this round of development talks grind into a standstill, says international agency Oxfam.

December 20, 2005

More than half of people are back to work and economies are fast returning to normal less than one year after the tsunami, according to a new report by Oxfam International.

December 19, 2005

International agency Oxfam today condemned an agreement at the World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting in Hong Kong as failing to deliver on development promises. The agreement reflected rich countries interests far more than those of developing countries and would not deliver the reforms poor countries needed, Oxfam said.

December 18, 2005

International agency Oxfam today rejected a new draft text at the WTO Ministerial in Hong Kong as unacceptable and not sufficient to deliver a pro-development outcome.

December 17, 2005

Developing countries are rejecting bad offers from rich countries at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting in Hong Kong. They should maintain their firm stance and resist proposals that would exacerbate poverty, said international agency Oxfam today.

December 16, 2005

Oxfam International yesterday dismissed an offer from US Trade Representative Rob Portman to offer duty- and quota-free access for West African cotton exports to the US market.

December 15, 2005

The tiny island Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific is about to make history. At 6:15 pm (11.15pm NZ time) today Tonga is to join the WTO on what are arguably the worst terms ever offered to any country, according to an analysis of leaked documents released today by international agency Oxfam.

December 15, 2005

HONG KONG – Oxfam Make Trade Fair campaigners took their “Big Head” mannequins of rich country leaders on a tai chi exercise at the WTO Ministerial in Hong Kong today, however the real leaders struggled to show the same energy in world trade talks.

December 14, 2005

Providing shelter for those displaced by the tsunami is proving the toughest challenge one year on, says an Oxfam International report published today.