The EU is facing an energy wake-up call as a food and fuel crisis looms – caused by political instability playing out with Russia over Ukraine and climate vulnerability in Europe’s key exporters. Big decisions are being taken now about Europe's energy future as the EU negotiates a new set of climate and energy targets for 2030.

For the food and beverage industry, climate change is a major threat. For millions of people, it means more extreme weather and greater hunger. The Big 10 companies are significant contributors to this crisis, yet they are not doing nearly enough to help tackle it.

Climate change and the injustice of hunger require urgent attention, and investment in a model of agriculture that is truly sustainable. Agro-ecology is the science of applying ecological concepts and principles to the design and management of sustainable agriculture.

Hunger is not and need never be inevitable. However climate change threatens to put back the fight to eradicate it by decades – and global food system is woefully unprepared to cope with the challenge. Oxfam analyses how well the world’s food system is prepared for the impacts of climate change.

Around the world, one in eight people go to bed hungry every night despite there being enough food for everyone. Overconsumption, misuse of resources and waste are common elements of a system that leaves hundreds of millions without enough to eat. To better understand the challenges that people face getting enough of the right food, Oxfam has compiled a global snapshot of 125 countries indicating the best and worst places to eat. It is the first of its kind and reveals the different challenges that people face depending on where they live.

In this report, Oxfam assesses the social and environmental policies of the world’s ten largest food and beverage companies and calls on them to take the critical next steps to create a just food system.

This new OXFAM report shows that between 2000 and 2010 more than 60% of investments in agricultural land made by foreign investors occurred in developing countries with serious hunger problems. The crops produced on this land were either exported or used for biofuel production.

Agriculture is highly sensitive to climate variability and weather extremes. Various impact studies have considered the effects on global food production and prices of projected long-run trends in temperature, precipitation and CO2 concentrations caused by climate change.

What role can companies play in strengthening the capacity of small-scale producers in developing countries to adapt to climate change, and in doing so, make their global value chains more resilient?

The question of 'what changes do we need to empower women smallholders and achieve food security?' has been asked repeatedly.