women farmers

Jean Phombeya and her seeds in Malawi. Image: Oxfam

Blog: Day 7: Seeds and Sisterhood

Governments and development agencies need to shift the onus of feeding the world away from time-strapped impoverished women, and instead support their organizing and cultivate their traditional knowledge. We also need to rethink women’s unpaid care work and lack of time as fundamental issues of food security.

By Joanna Kerr, CEO of ActionAid International

Desta Yirsa, a farmer in Ethiopia. Image: Oxfam

Blog: Day 1: Changing Value Systems, One Village at a Time

If in the course of earning income women farmers are systematically exploited, have their control over what is grown and how taken away from them, and are left with a denuded natural environs, then this is a heavy price to pay for so-called empowerment.

By Nidhi Tandon, activist and Director of Networked Intelligence for Development

Female Food Hero Ester Jarome Mtegule looks on at her picture in the AWID photo exhibition. Photo: Jameen Kaur/Oxfam

Blog: Oxfam and partners at AWID: 'Power is access to resources.'

We can hear African drums being played from the speakers as we make our way into a room which feels like a giant cinema. Greeting us are over 2,000 women and girls, ranging in age from 7 to 80, from over 140 countries. It is a sea of colourful, traditional dress depicting histories and cultures from all parts of the world, all gathered for the 12th AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights in Development.

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