Read the GROW report on the go – with Oxfam's first ever eBook
Ian McClelland Communications Assistant, Policy & Practice Communications Team
19th Oct 2011
Oxfam's first ever eBook launches today to coincide with GROW week - a week of activism highlighting the world's broken food system.
Kindles, iPads and other gadgets have been appearing in the office all this week as we test our exciting new venture - Oxfam's first ever eBook.
The digital edition of the Growing a Better Future: Food justice in a resource constrained world report launches today to coincide with GROW week - a week of activism highlighting the world's broken food system that sees one billion people going hungry each day.
The Growing a Better Future report was first published in June 2011 and hit the headlines with the shocking news that food prices could as much as double in the next 20 years. It highlighted how spiralling food prices, dwindling natural resources, climate change and endless cycles of regional food crises will create millions more hungry people unless we transform the way we grow and share food.
The report launched Oxfam's GROW campaign, which is calling for global action to fix a broken food system.
The new digital edition of the report builds on the original by including additional content, such as case studies from Bolivia to Malawi, and new papers and research which develop and update the main themes of the report.
These include information on:
The growing scandal surrounding the new wave of land investments
How climate change might affect future food production in East Africa
How people living in poverty around the world have coped with food price crises
Oxfam is the first international NGO to launch an eBook. Teresa Cavero, Oxfam's GROW campaign research lead has summed up perfectly our reasons for doing so:
"It's a powerful new way to access authoritative research, on-the-ground experience and key policy in support of a movement for a world where everyone has enough to eat. Oxfam is delighted to be working with industry leaders like Apple and Amazon to bring this material to a new audience."
How to download
The different versions of the new edition are available to download for free from a number of places, including this website, Amazon and the iBookstore. Here's a quick overview of what you can expect from the different versions and where you can find them.
The expanded EPUB Edition
(without video) for iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7, and desktop eBook readers.
Download from Oxfam Policy & Practice (this website). Look for the ePUB icon when downloading.
An enhanced iBook Edition
(with video) for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Including a video endorsement from Brazil's former President Lula da Silva and a short documentary on India's failing food system.
Download free from the iBookstore and Oxfam Policy & Practice.
Download free from the Amazon Kindle Store.
All versions will soon be available in French and Spanish, as well as English. If you have any problems accessing any of the eBook versions email firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the first in a line of eBooks for Oxfam so let us know what you think of it in the comments below. And if you have any suggestions for other Oxfam publications you'd like to see made into eBooks, please tell us.