Aisatu with a group of women at the entrance to the displaced camp of Muna Garage outside of Maiduguri, Nigeria. Credit: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Blog: Missing men means shattered lives and transformed roles for women in Nigeria

Tens of thousands of men and boys have disappeared since the conflict in Northeast Nigeria began eight years ago. The struggle and tenacity for survival, of the women and children left behind, in such an insecure environment never ceases to amaze me.  

Winnie Byanyima visits Kushari, an area of Maiduguri, Northeast Nigeria. Photo: Tom Saater/Oxfam

Blog: This starvation in Africa is an affront to humanity

We’re all shaken by the fact that our world stands on the brink of 4 famines. It is unprecedented in modern times. It should never have been allowed to happen.

Birtukan Dagnachew Tegegn on her farm in northern Ethiopia. Photo: Ashenafi Molla/Oxfam

Blog: Les agricultrices interpellent les chefs d’État et de gouvernement sur le climat

Alors que les dirigeant-e-s mondiaux préparent les négociations sur le climat (COP 21) à Paris en décembre, les Héroïnes de l'alimentation - des femmes agricultrices engagées auprès de leurs communautés - demandent à celles et ceux qui représentent l’Afrique de prendre une position ferme et résolue.

Birtukan Dagnachew Tegegn on her farm in northern Ethiopia. Photo: Ashenafi Molla/Oxfam

Blog: Women farmers challenge world leaders to change climate agenda

As world leaders prepare for the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris in December to hammer out a climate deal, Female Food Heroes and others from across the continent are asking those representing Africa to take a bold stance.

Voluntary members of the Oxfam water and sanitation committee, South Sudan. Photo: John Ferguson/Oxfam

Blog: Oxfam 2020 - Why the International Secretariat must move south

Earlier this month - on Sunday evening, April 6 to be exact - Nigeria suddenly became Africa’s largest economy. Using new data, Nigeria recalculated its GDP and overnight its wealth shot up by 90% to $509 billion, in the process leap-frogging South Africa’s. At the stroke of a pen, a Nigerian’s average income went from $1500 to $2688 a year. Nigeria’s movie industry alone became worth more than $7 billion a year, its oil industry ten times that. What didn’t change was the fact that most of its 170 million people still live below the poverty line.

Promoting a sustainable food system in Nigeria

Blog: Promoting a sustainable food system in Nigeria

This year is the 10th anniversary of the Maputo Declaration, where African heads of state pledged to dedicate a minimum of 10% of their national budget towards agriculture. However, they have not kept our promise in Nigeria: less than 3% of the current budget is allocated to agriculture, even though agriculture accounts for about 40% of GDP.

Two young students in Benin

Blog: Day 5: My daughter wants to be a farmer

Many and varied are the challenges we Nigerian women farmers face, from lack of land to uncertain markets to the daily burden of maintaining the household. Working as day labourers brings its own uncertainties. No wonder a future in agriculture is unattractive to Nigerian youth.

By Susan Godwin, Nigerian Farmer

Los habitantes del campo recibieron dinero por trabajo, Porto Príncipe, Haití. Foto: Oxfam

Blog: ¿Por qué dinero por trabajo?

Cuando ocurre una emergencia, ya sea súbita, como el terremoto de Haití, o de desarrollo lento, como la crisis alimentaria de este año en la región africana del Sahel  (que venía gestándose desde hace muchos meses), la preocupación inmediata de las agencias de cooperación es la supervivencia de las personas más

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