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Palm oil seeds.

Blog: The toxic legacy of palm oil in Guatemala

Ensuring sustainability in Guatemala's palm oil sector requires meaningful social and ecological reform.

Des militantes rurales au Pérou demandent de l'action urgente face au changement climatique.

Blog: Las voces del Amazonas en la COP20: Una historia demasiado familiar

Al igual que en tantos lugares del mundo, el cambio climático y otros temas relaciondos con el medio ambiente están teniendo un gran impacto en la vida de la población local en la Amazonía peruana.

Des militantes rurales au Pérou demandent de l'action urgente face au changement climatique.

Blog: Listening to people of the Amazon during COP 20: A story of land rights

Like in so many places around the world, climate change and environmental issues are having a huge impact on the lives of local people in the Peruvian Amazon.

Preparing porridge, Mali. Image: Oxfam

Blog: Day 3: The Ultimate, Elegant Engineering Solution

Low-input agriculture is hardly primitive. It is a highly skilled craft, utterly unlike the formulaic industry that “conventional” farming has become. Instead of continuing to pour oil on plants and hope for the best, let’s embrace an agriculture that requires more attention, more vigilance, and more knowledge

By Bill McKibben, Founder of 350.org 

Blog: Up in Smoke: 5 Oxfam shorts

The GROW campaign is all about solutions for a sustainable future in which we all have enough to eat. This is why we at Oxfam supported the making of this series of short films about an agricultural technique pioneered in Honduras that promises to help small holder farmers escape the cycle of ‘slash and burn’ agriculture. This traditional practice involves farmers regularly moving the areas that they farm and ‘slashing and burning’ the vegetation to fertilize the soil.

Un pequeño agricultor de maíz lucha por sobrevivir durante la sequía en Coiceição do Coité, Brazil.

Blog: La lucha contra la pobreza y la desigualdad debe ocupar un lugar central en Río+20

1992 fue un año memorable. En Sudáfrica se celebró el último referéndum en el que sólo las personas blancas podían participar y en el que una abrumadora mayoría votó a favor de acabar con el apartheid y crear un gobierno multirracial que reflejara un nuevo reparto de poder. Ese mismo año, la Unión Europea se formó en Maastricht.

Tackling poverty and inequality must be at the heart of Rio+20

Blog: Tackling poverty and inequality must be at the heart of Rio+20

1992 was a momentous year. In South Africa we had the final whites-only referendum in which the vast majority voted to end apartheid and create a power-sharing multi-racial government. In Maastricht the European Union was formed.

A solar power system installed in the village of Tangaye, Burkina Faso. Photo: NASA

Blog: Sustainable development goals: Earth scientists respond to the doughnut

Some initial thoughts on yesterday’s post on doughnut economics from

Blog: Can we live inside the doughnut? Why the world needs planetary and social boundaries

This blog summaries a new Discussion Paper published by Oxfam. It does not represent Oxfam policy, but is intended to encourage public debate in the run-up to the UN conference on sustainable devolpment (Rio+20) in June.

When crossing unknown territory, a compass can be pretty handy. Achieving sustainable development for nine billion people has to be high on the list of humanity’s great uncharted journeys. So here’s an idea for a global-scale compass to point us in the right direction (Fig 1).

Mohammed preparing his charcoal kiln with a heap of logs at his feet

Blog: Somaliland: An oasis in the drought

Soil banks protect water run-offs and ensure that precious water once again flows to vital grazing areas. They also provide much needed income to people affected by droughts. Caroline Berger reports from Somaliland.

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