livelihoods

A child plays in one of the ruined houses from the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Photo: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Blog: Nepal earthquake 6 months on: The race to rebuild before winter

Nepal is currently in the grip of a fuel crisis due to political conflicts in the south of the country which are choking off the flow of fuel across the border from India. Sorting the political difference in the south needs to be resolved urgently if earthquake survivors are to avoid what could be a second disaster.

Felisa with a sign announcing the construction of permanent housing

Blog: After Haiyan – moving in the right direction?

When typhoon Haiyan hit the central Philippines last November, killing more than 6,000 people and destroying millions of people’s houses and livelihoods, people like fisherman Lionel Advincula, from Barangay Bislig in Tanauan municipality, Leyte province, found themselves having to make some tough choices.

One of the most pressing priorities for the father-of-nine was to find shelter and to rebuild his damaged house.  It stood just 20 metres from the coast and was totally destroyed.

Guarani-kaiowá women demonstrate at Panambi-Lagoa Rica Indigenous Land, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Photo: Tatiana Cardeal/Oxfam

Blog: Brazil: Sugar rush destroys indigenous communities’ way of life

Today, Blog Action Day coincides with World Food Day. Bloggers around the world are highlighting the issue of human rights. At Oxfam, we believe everyone has the right to life and security, and to a sustainable livelihood. People around the world rely on land, literally, for their bread and butter.

Aminata Yero, president of a cooperative of women farmers in Mauritania. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Blog: A hotter world is a hungrier world

The long-drawn out gestation of the latest assessment of global climate change enters a new phase today (Monday, 23 September) in Stockholm, Sweden, as scientists and government civil servants gather to discuss the first instalment of the new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This section of the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report focuses on the physical science basis of the climate system and climate change and after all the discussions, it will be officially published on Friday, 27 September.

The fight for land rights in Guatemala goes on

Blog: The fight for land rights in Guatemala goes on

In March 2011, almost 769 families were violently expelled from the Polochic Valley in Guatemala. Their homes and crops were torched, and three people died in violence involving state and private security forces.

Women in the Philippines meet to discuss land rights. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: #GROW Week Day 4: In Search of my Grandmother’s Garden

One of the recurring things that Oxfam staff and partners hear about through their work is that women are more likely to become the victims of land grabs. There are manyreasons, from cultural to legal, why women are more vulnerable to losing their land, if they ever had the chance to own it in the first place.

Photo: Abdillahi Jilaow selling household items in front of his shop.

Blog: Helping pastoralists cope with a changing way of life in Kenya

One year since the launch of Oxfam’s appeal for the food crisis in the Horn of Africa, Polycarp Otieno returns to Wajir in northeastern Kenya, to see how Oxfam’s response is helping communities to recover.

Abdillahi Jilaow, antes ganadero, ahora regenta una pequeña tienda. Foto: Polycarp Otieno/Oxfam

Blog: Crisis alimentaria en Kenia: comunidades de pastores se adaptan a una nueva vida

Un año después del inicio del llamado a la ayuda de Oxfam para enfrentar la crisis alimentaria en el Cuerno de África, Polycarp Otieno vuelve a Wajir, al noreste de Kenia, para ver cómo la respuesta de Oxfam está ayudando a las comunidades .

Oxfam 'Let them eat coal' stunt at the Durban UN climate talks. Photo: Ainhoa Goma/Oxfam

Blog: Hunger: the real economic crisis

Hunger affects about 1 billion people around the world, and as the economic crisis continues, the push for growth can actually make matters worse.

Charitable Pierre

Blog: Haiti: As long as there’s life there’s hope

The earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January 2010 had a devastating impact on the already vulnerable island nation, leaving more than 200,000 people dead and over one million homeless.

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