sustainable livelihoods

Cargill misses the point on land acquisitions in Colombia

Blog: Cargill misses the point on land acquisitions in Colombia

Cargill's land acquisitions not only affect small farmers’ access to land, but the peace process and rule of law.

Cooperative Entente de Le Bia in Sankro, Ivory Coast in January. Photo: Peter DiCampo/Oxfam

Blog: Workers 'Behind the Brands': We’ve got some good news and some bad news

For many people around the world the first of May is International Workers’ Day, a chance to celebrate the role of workers and labourers in our society. So we thought this would be a good time to look a little harder at how the 'Big 10' food and beverage companies score for their policies towards workers rights on our Behind the Brands companies scorecard. It's a mixed picture.

Child running through a rice paddy

Blog: Day 10: Should agriculture as we know it have a future?

The consumer is king in agriculture. Until aware consumers change their behaviour, the smallholder farmer will get good words, symbolic gestures, and little else. Consumers need to meet producers halfway by paying a fair price and sharing the risk.

By Sonali Bisht, founder of INHERE (India)

A man from the Sahel. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Day 8: Frame new ideas within indigenous knowledge

Experts’ ideas about how resource-poor farmers could improve productivity ought to be guided by indigenous knowledge. Low-cost, micro-innovations that make use of local resources have great potential but are often overlooked by mainstream developers of agricultural technology.

By Dr. Florence Wambugu, CEO, Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International (AHBFI)

Ferry’ crossing the Bani river to reach the market. Image: Oxfam

Blog: Day 1: Risky Business

Agriculture is a risky business, not only because of its dependence on the weather. Governments, the private sector and farmers themselves need to build robust and overlapping risk-management systems that provide farmers with more than one avenue for protection. 

By Sophia Murphy, Senior advisor to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Woman sweeping her yard, Uganda. Image: Oxfam

Blog: Day 1: Apply what we already know works

In many unlikely and inhospitable places, smallholders are already feeding themselves and their communities and leading their nation’s economic growth. Many of the solutions to farming’s challenges exist. They need tailoring to each locale and long-term reliable policy support.

  By Kanayo F.
Oxfam coordinates with WFP for food distribution in northern Kenya. Photo: Irina Fuhrmann/Oxfam

Blog: The struggles of a mother in the Horn of Africa

I have always believed that having to bury a son or daughter is the most traumatic thing that can happen to a mother, a violation of the natural order of life.  But if, on top of this, your child dies because you cannot feed him, then your pain is compounded by the impotence of not being able to respond to the most basic maternal instinct: to nourish your children.  

Blog: In Zambia, we're going bananas for new ideas!

Namwala, in the Southern Province of Zambia, is very prone to floods as well as droughts. Oxfam is implementing a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) program in the villages on the Kafue River where the cattle farmers and fishermen have been greatly affected by repeated disasters. Nellie Nyang’wa, Oxfam’s country director in Zambia, enthusiastically reports on the successes and perspectives of the program.

Centre sportif IDP camp in Carrefour area of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Toby Adamson/Oxfam

Blog: Haiti: Oxfam trains camp residents to manage water delivery

In the camps where Oxfam works in Port-au-Prince, displaced people are beginning to pay for their own water

For the hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors Oxfam has been working with in camps scattered across the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, now is a time of transition.

For more than a year, Oxfam has been providing free chlorinated water – up to 79 million gallons a month – to help prevent the spread of disease by ensuring people had a clean and reliable source for drinking and cooking.

Climate tribunal, Ethiopia, October 2010. Photo: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam

Blog: Ethiopia: Oromia Region hearing on climate change

It’s an amazing sight. Several thousand people of all ages have gathered on a hilltop in Oromia, central Ethiopia, many having walked miles to get here. This climate hearing in Oromia is one of many events being held across the world in the run up to December’s conference in Cancun. The climate hearings and tribunals aim to give ordinary people the chance to tell how their lives are being affected by climate change.

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