Oxfam International Blogs - small-scale farmers http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/tags/small-scale-farmers-0 en Paraguay's soy boom: a blessing or a curse? http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-08-29-paraguay-soy-boom-blessing-curse <div class="field field-name-body"><p>The recent assassination of Paraguayan small-farmer leader <a href="http://www.decidamos.org.py/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=1208:la-ocrc-denuncia-asesinato-de-l%C3%ADder-campesino&amp;Itemid=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Lorenzo Areco</strong></a> is a stark reminder that access to land is literally a matter of life and death in Paraguay. Areco was gunned down on the street just steps from the office of the Regional Small Farmer Organization of Concepcion (<a href="http://www.ocrcpy.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>OCRC</strong></a>), where he led work on access to land and agrarian reform. With his death, 131 small-farmers have been murdered in Paraguay since the end of the Stroessner dictatorship in 1989, the vast majority over conflicts to defend land rights.</p> <h3>Land rights and soy</h3> <p>In Paraguay, the Latin American country where land is the most unequally distributed, access to land is inextricably linked to soy.</p> <p>A small, land-locked country with less than seven million people, Paraguay is in the grip of a soy boom, which has seen it become the world’s fourth largest exporter. Yet it remains one of the poorest countries in South America.</p> <p>Soybean monoculture now covers 80 percent of the country’s cropland – nearly double that of a decade ago, with projections for further expansion. The driver is the <a href="http://www.livemint.com/Politics/19QZUzZVmwFipFYzSdStzJ/Rising-food-demand-to-put-pressure-on-global-prices-FAOOEC.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>insatiable international demand</strong></a><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/03/opinion/paraguays-destructive-soy-boom.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong></strong></a> for soy-fed meat and biofuels, encouraged by government policies. European parliamentarians who will be voting on reforms to the <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/pressroom/reactions/oxfam-reaction-mep-vote-not-enough-stop-eu-biofuel-policy-fuelling-hunger" rel="nofollow"><strong>EU’s biofuels policy</strong> </a>over the next weeks should take note.</p> <h3>Problems for soy producers</h3> <p>What does this transformation in Paraguay's land use mean for small-scale farmers and rural communities? Can they too reap some benefit from soy expansion?</p> <p>To find out, Oxfam commissioned research in Paraguay on land and soy and focused on one company - Desarrollo Agrícola del Paraguay (<a href="http://www.dap.com.py/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>DAP</strong></a>) - that was reported to be making efforts to benefit small-scale farmers. The research, <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/policy/soy-mirage-paraguay" rel="nofollow"><strong>The Soy Mirage</strong></a>, found that DAP had taken a different approach than most soy producers, including initiatives to avoid harm to communities and help small-scale farmers. But DAP’s <strong>good efforts could not compensate for the problems caused by the soy business</strong> model which tends to:</p> <ul><li>deepen the concentration of wealth and land,</li> <li>contaminate the surroundings,</li> <li>harm the health of the local population,</li> <li>compete for limited resources, and</li> <li>put at risk the traditional livelihoods of small-scale farmers and indigenous communities.</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/rr-soy-mirage-corporate-social-responsibility-paraguay-290813-en.pdf" rel="nofollow"></a>Organic vs. GM</h3> <p>Soy production is highly dependent on expensive external inputs like pesticides and capital for mechanization, and thus is not a viable option for small-scale farmers in Paraguay. They don't have access to credit or the minimum land area to achieve the scale needed for mechanized production. DAP invested to give small-scale farmers a leg up to get started, but farmers assumed all the risk and lacked capital so they found themselves mired in debt after one bad harvest.</p> <p>Now even DAP itself has concluded that organic production would be the best alternative for family farmers, because it doesn’t rely on external inputs. Yet there is no evidence that Paraguay’s dominant production model will turn organic any time soon. In fact, 95 percent of soy cultivated in Paraguay is genetically modified Roundup Ready, making it challenging to produce organically.</p> <p>Oxfam’s research revealed reports of serious health problems resulting from the intensive use of agrochemicals required by Roundup Ready soy, estimated at 30 million liters per soy crop cycle, including some banned in Europe. These range from respiratory conditions, allergies, and cancer, to the death of small livestock and worsening pest infestations. The Paraguayan government has weakened legislation regulating agrochemical use due to pressure from the soy industry. Civil servants have lamented their inability to address the health and environmental problems that result.</p> <h3>Challenges of small farming</h3> <p>Lorenzo Areco’s murder was a brazen act – at mid-day in plain sight he was shot six times while on his motorcycle, from the inside of a pick-up truck. It was the third such murder in less than a year in the region of Paraguay where small farmer organizing and protest against the expansion of soy monoculture has been the strongest. Areco was promoting communal land rights to help small farmers stay on the land and improve their livelihoods.</p> <p>Small-scale farmers in Paraguay face huge challenges and injustices linked to our broken global food system. Two models of production coexist uncomfortably in Paraguayan agriculture: the small-scale family farm that mostly produces food, and large-scale monoculture for export to meet international demand for meat and biofuels. Public policy is biased toward the latter, helping to spur investors to buy up large tracts of land to expand soy monoculture, displacing cattle ranches and small-scale farmers.</p> <p>The cold truth is that soy expansion has been a curse rather than a blessing for small farmers. Companies that seek to work with them are welcome, but trying to reproduce industrial agriculture on a smaller scale is not the solution.</p> <p><em>Read the report:</em></p> <p> </p> <h3>You may also like</h3> <p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/03/opinion/paraguays-destructive-soy-boom.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Paraguay’s Destructive Soy Boom</strong></a> <em>(nytimes.com)</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/issues/small-scale-farming" rel="nofollow"><strong>Why we need to support small-scale farmers</strong></a></p> <p><strong>FAQs: <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/campaigns/what-are-biofuels-whats-problem-them" rel="nofollow">What are biofuels? What's the problem with them?</a></strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/campaigns/what-are-biofuels-whats-problem-them" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>For more debate on different methods of farming, see the <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/future-of-agriculture"><strong>Future of Agricutlure</strong></a> blog series</p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Paraguay&#039;s soy boom: a blessing or a curse?</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_es first last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/13-09-04-auge-soja-paraguay-bendicion-o-maldicion" title="El auge de la soja del Paraguay: ¿una bendición o una maldición?" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 10:45:38 +0000 Stephanie Burgos 10485 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-08-29-paraguay-soy-boom-blessing-curse#comments Workers 'Behind the Brands': We’ve got some good news and some bad news http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-05-01-workers-behind-brands-good-news-bad-news <div class="field field-name-body"> <p><strong>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 <a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/en/scorecard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Behind the Brands companies scorecard</a>. It's a mixed picture.</strong></p> <p>There is some good news in Behind the Brands scorecard<a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/en/scorecard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>: some of the highest scores were in the area of <strong><a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/en/issues/workers" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">workers’ rights</a></strong>. However, the bad news is that those scores still aren’t in the green zone of “good.” Frankly, there is no real reason why this should be the case. After all, unlike some of the other themes in the Scorecard, worker’s issues have been with these companies for a very long time. Recall Upton Sinclair's <strong><a href="http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/140" target="_blank" title="The Jungle by Upton Sinclair - Gutenberg.org" rel="nofollow">The Jungle</a></strong>, which shown a spotlight on the plight of <strong><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jungle" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">meatpacking workers in the early 1900’s</a></strong>.  And yet, companies are not doing as well as they should be.</p> <p>From a methodological standpoint, the indicators for workers’ rights were much easier to develop than some of the other <strong><a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/en/issues" target="_blank" title=" Issues" rel="nofollow">themes in Behind the Brands</a></strong>, since the indicators are based on <strong><a href="http://www.ilo.org/global/standards/introduction-to-international-labour-standards/conventions-and-recommendations/lang--en/index.htm" target="_blank" title="ILO - Conventions and Recommendations" rel="nofollow">International Labour Organization Conventions</a></strong> and basic norms of human rights, which have been accepted for quite some time.</p> <p>While companies with the highest score of 6 (<strong><a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/en/brands/coca-cola/coca-cola" target="_blank" title="Behind the Brands - Coca-Cola" rel="nofollow">Coca-Cola</a></strong>, <strong><a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/en/brands/nestle/kit-kat" target="_blank" title="Behind the Brands - Nestle" rel="nofollow">Nestle</a></strong>, and <strong><a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/en/brands/unilever/ben-and-jerrys" target="_blank" title="Behind the Brands - Unilever" rel="nofollow">Unilever</a></strong>) might be doing better for their own employees, they have not extended many of these standards throughout their supply chain. That is critical, because labor is often the most valuable asset that small producers and landless people possess.</p> <p><strong>Agricultural workers are amongst the poorest people in rural areas.</strong> Their jobs are often temporary, wages are low, and working conditions can be very hazardous. More women than men are engaged in waged agricultural jobs, but despite their numbers, they are generally “invisible” to companies, governments, and international institutions. Their organizations can be weak and their access to social security and other benefits is minimal.</p> <p><strong>With 75% of the world’s poorest living in rural areas</strong>, food and beverage companies can have a tremendous impact on raising the standard of living for workers throughout their supply chain. They can do this by ensuring that living wages are paid and precarious work is minimized. Most importantly, by respecting worker representation, collective bargaining, and accessible and confidential grievance mechanisms, food and beverage companies will ensure that everyone contributing to their bottom line has a voice in their livelihoods and thus their future.</p> <p><strong>So let's help make a more positive future for food workers. <a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/en/brands" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Tell the companies that own your favourite brands to do better.</a>  </strong></p> <p><em>Originally published by <strong><a href="http://politicsofpoverty.oxfamamerica.org/2013/03/25/workers-behind-the-brands/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Oxfam America</a></strong></em></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Workers &#039;Behind the Brands&#039;: We’ve got some good news and some bad news</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/13-05-01-face-cachee-marques-bilan-mi-figue-mi-raisin-droits-travailleurs-agricoles" title="La face cachée des marques : bilan mi-figue mi-raisin sur les droits des travailleurs agricoles" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> <li class="translation_es last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/13-05-01-panorama-desigual-politicas-derechos-trabajadores-tras-marca" title="Un panorama desigual: políticas sobre los derechos de los trabajadores" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Wed, 01 May 2013 13:54:27 +0000 Irit Tamir 10300 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-05-01-workers-behind-brands-good-news-bad-news#comments Sahel food crisis update: lifting a heavy load http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-01-24-sahel-food-crisis-update-lifting-heavy-load <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>Before completely turning my back on 2012, I am reflecting on Oxfam’s work in the Sahel <a href="http://www.oxfamamerica.org/articles/sahel-food-crisis-where-are-we-at-the-end-of-2012" rel="nofollow">over the last year</a>.</strong> After a season of poor or erratic rains across the region in 2011, Oxfam and many other humanitarian groups <strong><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blog/12-01-27-hunger-calls-africas-sahel-region">feared</a></strong> that another bad harvest in 2012 would push millions into starvation. I visited farmers in far eastern Senegal in April of 2012 to see what they recommended: They wanted<strong> <a href="http://www.oxfamamerica.org/multimedia/video/senegal-oxfam-responds-to-food-crisis" rel="nofollow">seeds so they could plant, and food so they could work</a>.</strong> They also said they needed rain, never guaranteed in the Sahel.</p> <p>Oxfam <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/sahel-food-crisis" rel="nofollow">responded to the crisis</a></strong> in seven countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, The Gambia, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, and Senegal. We assisted more than 1 million people with a variety of programs tailored to the specific location: We helped people <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/sahel-food-crisis/refugee-crisis-mali" rel="nofollow">fleeing violence and instability in Mali</a></strong> get the food and clean water they needed to survive. Oxfam repaired wells, and provided fodder for animals, and paid people to work on <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/sahel-food-crisis/cash-for-work-niger" rel="nofollow">erosion control</a></strong> and soil improvement projects. We distributed soap so people could keep clean, and the means to treat water, to reduce vulnerability to waterborne diseases. We <strong><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/oxfam/8329912494/" rel="nofollow">distributed food</a></strong> in places where none was available, and money to buy it where it was.</p> <p>Food insecurity in the Sahel region, April-June 2012. Source: FEWS NET. </p><p><strong>Thankfully, there was decent rain</strong> across the region in 2012. <strong><a href="http://www.fews.net/pages/region.aspx?gb=r1" rel="nofollow">Harvests were up</a></strong>; many farmers with the seeds, tools, traction, fertilizer, labor, and other key inputs were able to grow something. However many farmers had to <strong><a href="http://www.unocha.org/top-stories/all-stories/chad-malnutrition-persists-despite-good-harvest" rel="nofollow">sell what they grew</a></strong> to pay back debts. Others could not grow much, if anything, for the simple reason that they are impoverished. When I went back to the same area in October, one farmer told me he could not farm an area large enough to feed his family. “I don’t have any equipment,” he said. “I don’t own a plow, any machines for processing groundnuts or rice, or a horse. I can only carry heavy loads on my head. It’s not easy. “</p> <p><strong>So the crisis is far from over</strong>, even if we did avert the worst possible outcome. There will be dry years in the future, so Oxfam and others are <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/policy/food-crisis-sahel" rel="nofollow">recommending</a></strong> governments invest in stockpiling food to help in times of shortage, and increasing agricultural and entrepreneurial training for small-scale farmers (especially women) to help them grow more food, and process it to make more money when they sell it.</p> <h3>Cash support for farmers</h3> <p>In the Kédougou region in eastern Senegal <strong>there was ample (but expensive) food available</strong> in local markets, so Oxfam distributed cash to the most impoverished farmers. Those I spoke with in October reported that they got three payments of 43,000 francs (about US $90) in August and September, when households are short on food as their crops mature.</p> <p>Most of them, like Saliou Diallo, a 45-year-old married father of three, said he used the first payment to buy a month’s worth of food: rice, spices, onions, and some sugar. Diallo had planted about half an acre of maize (corn), a short distance from his home in a village called Namel. “<strong>Without the money I would not be able to work on this farm</strong>,” he says, standing in his field of six-foot plants. “Before we were starving, and I was working on an empty stomach. So now I can work without worrying about where I am going to find food for my family.”</p> <a href="/sites/blogs.oxfam.org/files/sahel-boulata-diallo-2.jpg" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>Boulata Diallo shows visitors her groundnut field. Photo: Holly Pickett/Oxfam America. <p>One of his neighbors is Boulata Diallo (no relation). She’s a stocky, vivacious one-eyed 60-year old widow who grows maize and groundnuts. She says money from Oxfam helped her to buy food for her entire extended family. “We bought maize, rice, salt, oil, peanut butter, spices, milk powder, and kola nuts,” Boulata Diallo says, sitting in her tiny thatched-roof house. “I even bought a pair of sandals,” she says holding up one foot, shod in a bright yellow flip-flop, and added “I gave five kilos of rice to my neighbor.”</p> <p>She says she paid about 3,000 francs (about US $6) to a neighbor to help her work in her groundnut field. “It’s hard to work in the fields when you are hungry, but with the cash I got some help,” she says, walking near the perimeter of her field. She’s was looking forward to a decent groundnut yield later in the fall, but did not hold out a lot of hope for her maize, which she says had not been growing well.</p> <p>It was a hot afternoon, and as the light got lower we shot some photos. Boulata Diallo’s smile was radiant.</p> <p>“If someone helps you to fight starvation, it makes people happy,” she says. “God knows we can’t pay it back, but it is a heavy load that was lifted from us.”</p> <p><em>Originally published by <a href="http://firstperson.oxfamamerica.org/2013/01/22/sahel-food-crisis-update-lifting-a-heavy-load/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Oxfam America</strong></a>.</em></p> <h3>Related links</h3> <p><strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/sahel-food-crisis/cash-for-work-niger" rel="nofollow">Cash for work in Niger: Helping fight future drought</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/sahel-food-crisis" rel="nofollow">Food crisis in Sahel</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/reports" rel="nofollow"><strong>Reports from our GROW Campaign</strong></a>, which aims to ensure everyone always has enough to eat.<strong></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Sahel food crisis update: lifting a heavy load</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/13-02-12-point-crise-alimentaire-sahel" title="Point sur la crise alimentaire au Sahel : soulager un poids" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 08:00:06 +0000 Chris Hufstader 10204 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-01-24-sahel-food-crisis-update-lifting-heavy-load#comments El Desafío CRECE: Cómo alimentar a tu familia y arreglar el defectuoso sistema alimentario http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/9911 <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>Todas las decisiones que tomas en el supermercado y en la cocina, desde qué plátanos comprar a cómo conservar las manzanas, tienen un gran impacto. Estas decisiones parecen insignificantes, pero definen tu papel en el 'sistema alimentario mundial'.</strong></p> <p>En <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/es/crece/que-es-crece" rel="nofollow">la campaña CRECE</a></strong> hablamos mucho del sistema alimentario. Pero ¿qué es exactamente y cómo formamos parte de él?</p> <p>El sistema alimentario lo forman las grandes empresas de renombre, los gobiernos y las organizaciones. Pero, sobre todo, las personas. Las personas que cultivan los alimentos y, también, aquellas que los compramos y los consumimos. Es decir, todo el mundo. Cuando hablamos del sistema alimentario, hablamos de ti.</p> <p>Nuestro sistema alimentario no funciona. ¿El resultado? Unas terribles estadísticas que indican que mientras en los países desarrollados hay unos elevados niveles de obesidad (que alcanzan el 50% en algunos países), en el resto del mundo <strong>una de cada siete personas se acuesta con hambre cada noche</strong>. Los problemas derivados de este sistema alimentario nos afectan a todos y todas. Por ejemplo, el aumento de los precios de los alimentos obliga a millones de familias a cambiar los alimentos que meten en la cesta de la compra.</p> Pequeños gestos, grandes cambios <p></p> <p>¿Cómo podemos arreglar el sistema alimentario? Si todos y todas componemos el sistema, pero son las grandes corporaciones las que llevan la voz cantante, cambiarlo parece una tarea abrumadora, ¿verdad? Pues no tiene por qué ser así.</p> <p>Nosotros, como consumidoras y consumidores, tenemos una enorme influencia sobre el sistema alimentario. Las elecciones que tomamos hacen que las cosas sucedan de una determinada manera. Juntos, tenemos el poder de cambiar el sistema haciendo pequeños cambios en nuestra rutina diaria y, así, exigir y garantizar un futuro alimentario más justo, en el que todas las personas tengan suficiente para comer.</p> <p>Si todo el mundo comenzamos a hacer pequeños cambios en la forma en que compramos y consumimos alimentos, protegemos los recursos naturales de los que dependemos, y apoyamos la labor de los agricultores y agricultoras, conseguiremos arreglar el fallido sistema alimentario y lograr uno que funcione para todas las personas.</p> <p>Haznos caso. Tienes mucho poder. Fue gracias a personas como tú que campañas como <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/es/campaigns/trade" rel="nofollow">Comercio con Justicia</a></strong>  tuvieron éxito a nivel mundial. Y ahora tú también puedes usar ese poder. <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/desafiocrece" rel="nofollow">¿Quieres saber cómo?</a></strong></p> <p></p> ¿Y si…? <p>Si alguna vez has tomado una decisión a la hora de comprar, conservar y comer alimentos, entonces tienes poder. ¿No nos crees? Simplemente observa cómo una sencilla acción puede tener un gran impacto:</p> <p><strong>¿Y si... cambiáramos la carne de vacuno por judías una vez a la semana?</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>Si las familias de las zonas urbanas de Estados Unidos, el Reino Unido, España y Brasil comieran una comida sin carne una vez a la semana durante un año, por ejemplo cambiando la carne de vacuno por judías, la reducción en las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero sería equivalente a quitar 3,7 millones de coches de las calles.</p> <p><strong>¿Y si... guardáramos las manzanas en el frigorífico en lugar de en la cesta de la fruta?</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>Conservando las manzanas en el frigorífico se mantienen frescas y evitamos que una de cada seis manzanas acabe en el vertedero, como ocurre en algunos países, generando perjudiciales gases de efecto invernadero. Las emisiones provocadas por los 5.300 millones de manzanas que se desperdician cada año en Brasil, India, España, Filipinas, Reino Unido y Estados Unidos equivalen a quemar diez millones de barriles de petróleo.</p> Comparte tu historia <p>Las historias sobre los alimentos, sobre cómo se cultivan y se comen, se están perdiendo porque, debido a cómo se distribuyen, es difícil conocer su origen. Queremos recuperar esas historias. Durante los próximos meses nos gustaría que compartieras historias sobre cómo cocinas y cómo logras cambiar la visión que tiene tu familia sobre la comida.</p> <p>Todas y todos necesitamos comer. Es algo que nos une, y es una excelente forma de comenzar a construir un futuro mejor, más justo y sostenible. Por ello, durante los próximos meses, compartiremos contigo sencillas formas de alimentar a tu familia y contribuir a arreglar el fallido sistema alimentario. Lo llamamos <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/desafiocrece" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">el Desafío CRECE</a></strong></p> <p>Puede que el sistema alimentario esté roto, pero nuestro poder como consumidores nos hace fuertes y poderosos. Y sabemos que todo el mundo quiere un futuro mejor.</p> Más información <p><strong>Descárgate el informe sobre el "Desafío Crece":  <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/es/crece/policy/receta-para-cambiar-el-mundo" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Receta para cambiar el mundo. El poder de los consumidores para conseguir un futuro alimentario más justo.</a></strong></p> <p><strong><strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/desafiocrece" rel="nofollow">Desafío Crece</a></strong></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/es/crece" rel="nofollow">La campaña CRECE de Oxfam</a></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>El Desafío CRECE: Cómo alimentar a tu familia y arreglar el defectuoso sistema alimentario</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/12-07-18-methode-cultivons-comment-nourrir-tout-en-transformant-le-systeme-alimentaire" title="La méthode CULTIVONS : comment nourrir votre famille tout en transformant le système alimentaire" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> <li class="translation_en last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/12-07-17-grow-method-ways-feed-your-family-and-fix-broken-food-system" title="The GROW Method: Ways to feed your family and fix the broken food system" class="translation-link" xml:lang="en">English</a></li> </ul> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 07:52:30 +0000 Rosie Cowling 9911 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/9911#comments La méthode CULTIVONS : comment nourrir votre famille tout en transformant le système alimentaire http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/9920 <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>Chaque décision que vous prenez au supermarché et dans la cuisine, du choix des bananes que vous achetez, jusqu’à la manière dont vous conservez vos pommes, a un véritable impact. Vos choix en termes d’alimentation peuvent sembler dérisoires et sans importance, mais ils font de vous des actrices et acteurs du « système alimentaire mondial ».</strong></p> <p>Nous parlons beaucoup du système alimentaire dans le cadre de la <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/fr/cultivons/cultivons-c-est-quoi" title="CULTIVONS, la campagne d'Oxfam pour un monde dans lequel chacun aura de quoi se nourrir" rel="nofollow">campagne CULTIVONS</a></strong>. Mais qu’est-ce que le système alimentaire exactement et en quoi en sommes nous les actrices et acteurs ?</p> <p>Le système alimentaire, ce sont les grands noms : les entreprises agroalimentaires, les gouvernements et les organisations, mais plus encore, ce sont des personnes. Des personnes qui cultivent de la nourriture, mais aussi des personnes qui l’achètent et la consomment. C’est donc... tout le monde. Lorsque l’on parle du système alimentaire, on parle de vous.</p> <p>Le système alimentaire ne fonctionne pas. Quel est le résultat ? Des statistiques plutôt effrayantes sur les taux d’obésité dans les pays développés (50 % dans certains pays) qui s’ajoutent au fait qu’une personne sur sept dans le monde entier se couche le ventre vide tous les soirs. Les problèmes du système alimentaire peuvent affecter chacune et chacun d’entre nous, avec des prix alimentaires en augmentation, qui impliquent que des millions de familles doivent faire plus attention à ce qu’elles mettent dans leur panier lorsqu’elles font leurs courses.</p> <h3>De petits efforts, de vrais changements</h3> <p></p> <p>Comment pouvons-nous réformer le système alimentaire ? Si le système, c’est nous, et que les grosses entreprises mènent la barque, cette tâche paraît assez décourageante, n’est-ce pas ? Pourtant ça ne doit pas forcément l’être. </p> <p><strong>Nous avons, en tant que consommateurs et consommatrices, une influence incroyable sur le système alimentaire</strong>. Les choix que nous continuons à faire permettent aux choses de se faire d’une certaine manière. Ensemble, nous avons le pouvoir de changer le système tel qu’il est aujourd’hui en prenant des initiatives positives dans notre vie de tous les jours, en demandant le meilleur pour créer un futur meilleur, un monde où chacun et chacune mangera toujours à sa faim, partout.</p> <p>Si nous commençons toutes et tous à changer légèrement la manière dont nous achetons et dont nous mangeons, pour protéger les ressources naturelles desquelles nous dépendons et soutenir les agriculteurs et agricultrices dans leur travail difficile, le système actuel, qui ne fonctionne pas, sera repoussé pour être remplacé par un système qui soutiendra chacune et chacun d’entre nous.</p> <p>Croyez-nous, vous avez du pouvoir. C’est vous qui avez fait de campagnes comme « Pour un commerce équitable » (« Make Trade Fair ») des noms reconnus dans le monde entier. Et vous pouvez utiliser ce pouvoir une fois encore.</p> <h3>Et si ?</h3> <p>Si vous avez déjà fait des choix en matière d’achat, de conservation et de consommation alimentaire, vous avez du pouvoir. Vous ne nous croyez pas ? Il suffit de se pencher sur l’importance de l’impact que votre action individuelle peut avoir :</p> <p><strong>Et si : nous remplacions un repas à base de bœuf par un repas à base de haricots une fois par semaine ?</strong></p> <p>Si les ménages urbains aux États-Unis, au Royaume-Uni, en Espagne et au Brésil remplaçaient le bœuf par des haricots dans leur chili con carne une fois par semaine pendant un an, les émissions de gaz à effet de serre qui pourraient être évitées équivaudraient au retrait de 3,7 millions de voitures de la circulation.</p> <p><strong>Et si : nous conservions les pommes au réfrigérateur plutôt que dans une coupe à fruits ?</strong></p> <p>Conserver les pommes au réfrigérateur leur permet de rester fraîches plus longtemps et peut éviter, dans certains pays, à une pomme sur six de se retrouver à la poubelle, ce qui est une source d’émission de gaz à effet de serre. Les émissions créées par les 5,3 milliards de pommes gaspillées en une année au Brésil, en Inde, en Espagne, aux Philippines, au Royaume-Uni et aux États-Unis équivalent à la combustion de 10 millions de barils de pétrole.</p> <h3>Partagez vos anecdotes sur l’alimentation</h3> <p>Les connaissances sur l’alimentation, sur la manière dont certains aliments sont cultivés, et pourquoi nous mangeons ces aliments, se sont perdues, les modes de distribution permettant difficilement d’identifier et de réfléchir à l’origine des produits alimentaires. Nous voulons faire revivre cette histoire de l’alimentation. Au cours des prochains mois, nous aimerions que vous partagiez des histoires sur la façon dont vous cuisinez et les changements que vous avez apportés afin de faire réfléchir votre famille à ce qu’elle consomme.</p> <p>La nourriture, nous la partageons toutes et tous. C’est ce qui nous rassemble. Et c’est un excellent point de départ pour construire un futur meilleur, plus équitable et plus durable. C’est pour cela que dans les mois à venir, nous allons partager avec vous des conseils simples pour nourrir votre famille tout en remettant sur le bon chemin le système alimentaire actuellement défaillant. Ces conseils constituent ce que nous appelons <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/fr/cultivons/methode" target="_blank" title="La méthode CULTIVONS" rel="nofollow">la</a><strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/fr/cultivons/methode" target="_blank" title="La méthode CULTIVONS" rel="nofollow"> méthode CULTIVONS</a><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/fr/cultivons/policy/recette-changement" target="_blank" title="La méthode CULTIVONS" rel="nofollow"></a></strong>.</p> <p></p> <p>Il y a peut-être des chaînons cassés dans la chaîne alimentaire, mais votre pouvoir d’achat vous rend puissants et forts. Et nous savons que chacun et chacune d’entre nous exige un avenir meilleur.</p> <h3>En savoir plus</h3> <p><strong>Agir : <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/fr/cultivons/methode" target="_blank" title="La méthode CULTIVONS" rel="nofollow">La méthode CULTIVONS, cinq gestes pour nourrir sa famille et changer le système alimentaire mondial</a></strong></p> <p><strong>S'informer : <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/fr/cultivons/policy/recette-changement" rel="nofollow">La recette du changement, ou comment chaque consommateur peut participer à un système alimentaire plus juste</a></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>La méthode CULTIVONS : comment nourrir votre famille tout en transformant le système alimentaire</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_es first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/12-07-17desafio-crece-como-alimentar-tu-familia-y-arreglar-defectuoso-sistema-alimentario" title="El Desafío CRECE: Cómo alimentar a tu familia y arreglar el defectuoso sistema alimentario" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> <li class="translation_en last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/12-07-17-grow-method-ways-feed-your-family-and-fix-broken-food-system" title="The GROW Method: Ways to feed your family and fix the broken food system" class="translation-link" xml:lang="en">English</a></li> </ul> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 23:00:00 +0000 Rosie Cowling 9920 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/9920#comments The GROW Method: Ways to feed your family and fix the broken food system http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/12-07-17-grow-method-ways-feed-your-family-and-fix-broken-food-system <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>Every decision you make in the supermarket and in the kitchen, from which bananas to buy, to where to store apples at home, has a big impact. Your choices when it comes to food may seem small and inconsequential, but they make you a part of the ‘global food system.’</strong></p> <p>We talk a lot about the food system in the <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/what-is-grow" rel="nofollow">GROW campaign</a>. But what exactly is it and how are we part of it?</strong></p> <p>The food system is the big names; the food companies, governments and organisations, but most of all it's people. People that grow the food, but also all people that buy it and eat it. So that's, well, everyone. When we talk about the food system, we're talking about you.</p> <p>The food system isn't working. The result? Some rather scary statistics on obesity levels in developed countries (50% in some countries) coupled with the fact that 1 in 7 people elsewhere in the world go to bed hungry every night. Problems with the food system can affect every one of us, with rising food prices meaning millions of families are having to make changes to what goes into the shopping basket.</p> Small steps, big changes <p></p> <p>How can we fix the food system? If the system is all of us, and the huge corporations are running the show, that's a pretty daunting task, right? Well it doesn't have to be.</p> <p>We, as consumers, have a massive influence on the food system. The choices we continue to make ensure that things happen a certain way. Collectively, we have the power to change the system as it stands by making positive steps in our daily routines to demand better and ensure a positive future where everyone has enough to eat.</p> <p>If we all start to make small changes to the way we buy and eat, to protect the natural resources we rely on and ensure support for the farmers doing the hard work, the current system that is failing us will be pushed out to be replaced by one that supports everyone.</p> <p>Trust us, you're pretty powerful. It was you who made campaigns like <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/campaigns/trade" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Make Trade Fair</a></strong> a global household name. And you can use that power again.</p> What if? <p>If you have ever made a choice when it comes to buying, storing or eating food, you are powerful. Don’t believe us? Just look at how big an impact your individual action can have:</p> <p><strong>What If: we swapped beef for beans once a week?</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>If urban households in the US, UK, Spain and Brazil were to swap beef for beans in their chilli once a week for a year, the greenhouse gas emissions saved would be equivalent to taking 3.7 million cars off the road.</p> <p><strong>What if: we kept apples in the fridge instead of the fruit basket?</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>Keeping apples in the fridge keeps them fresher for longer and can save 1 in 6 apples being sent to landfill in some countries, creating harmful greenhouse gases. The emissions created by the 5.3 billion apples a year wasted in Brazil, India, Spain, the Philippines, UK and US is equivalent to burning 10 million barrels of oil.</p> Share your food stories <p>Stories about food, about how things grow and why we eat them, have become lost, because the way food is distributed makes it hard for us to think about the source. We want to revive the story of food. Over the next few months, we want you to share stories about how you cook and how you’re making a difference to the way your family thinks about the things they eat.</p> <p>Food is what we all share. It's something that brings us all together. And it's an excellent place to start when it comes to building a better, fairer and more sustainable future. That’s why over the next few months we’re going to share with you some easy ways to feed your family and help to mend the broken food system; together we call them <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/growmethod" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">the GROW Method</a>:</strong></p> <p></p> <p>There may be broken links in the food chain but your buying power makes you a mighty and strong one. And we think everyone demands better.</p> Related links <p><strong>How you can do more with: <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/growmethod" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The GROW Method</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Read the report: <a href="http://oxf.am/Jnu" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Food Transformation: Harnessing consumer power to create a fair food future</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Pin your <a href="http://pinterest.com/oxfamgrowmethod/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">#GROWmethod recipe</a></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>The GROW Method: Ways to feed your family and fix the broken food system</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_es first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/12-07-17desafio-crece-como-alimentar-tu-familia-y-arreglar-defectuoso-sistema-alimentario" title="El Desafío CRECE: Cómo alimentar a tu familia y arreglar el defectuoso sistema alimentario" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> <li class="translation_fr last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/12-07-18-methode-cultivons-comment-nourrir-tout-en-transformant-le-systeme-alimentaire" title="La méthode CULTIVONS : comment nourrir votre famille tout en transformant le système alimentaire" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 09:40:42 +0000 Rosie Cowling 9936 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/12-07-17-grow-method-ways-feed-your-family-and-fix-broken-food-system#comments Sustainable agriculture: No change without women http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/12-03-12-sustainable-agriculture-no-change-without-women <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>“Sometimes we simply don’t realize the dreadful impacts of our actions in other parts of the world,” says Maria Heubuch, a dairy farmer from Germany. Farmers all across the globe are connected by markets and production chains. And yet many of them face similar challenges: to prevail against industrialized farming.</strong></p> <p>Maria Heubuch is the chair of the farmers’ organization <strong><a href="http://www.abl-ev.de/" rel="nofollow">Arbeitsgemeinschaft bäuerliche Landwirtschaft</a></strong> (Association of Family Farmers) promoting sustainable farming. In January 2012, Maria spoke to over 23,000 protestors in Berlin, demanding better agricultural policies in Germany and Europe.</p> <h3>Agro-industry threatens small-scale farmers</h3> <p>Oxfam Germany also <strong><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOI6y9qbGpo" rel="nofollow">participated in the demonstration</a></strong>. We raised awareness for the <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/grow" rel="nofollow">GROW campaign</a></strong> and launched our new exhibition on the impacts of actions in the North causing hunger and poverty in the South. Together with Maria we campaign for just agricultural policies. Large-scale industrial farmers get immense subsidies in Europe, while small and environmentally friendly farms miss out. The subsidies promote the production of milk and other agricultural products far below producer prices. The effect: since 1992, half of the small and middle sized farms in the first 15 EU countries have had to close down.</p> <p><strong>The surplus is exported, often to poorer countries in the South.</strong> Farmers there <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/campaigns/trade/riggedrules/dumping" rel="nofollow">cannot compete with dumping prices</a></strong> from Europe. In India 75% of dairy producers are small-scale farmers, many of them women who depend on the income they generate from milking their cows. If local markets are destroyed, thousands of people lose their income source and are drawn into poverty and hunger.</p> <h3>Women transforming farming practices</h3> <p><strong>This needs to change.</strong> Women must play a central role in fixing the broken food system.</p> <p>Maria promotes the transformation of farming practices towards more sustainability. She is especially concerned about the reduction of environmental impacts. Her own farm is a great example: it has a small biogas plant that processes the manure from her 40 cows. It produces four times as much energy as her farm needs. “I think all farmers should consider improving their energy balance by introducing green technology on their farm.”</p> <p><strong>Maria notes that it has not always been easy for a female farmer</strong> to convince others to change their practice. “For women it’s harder,” she says. “But once they have earned respect, they are listened to.” She believes it is crucial to involve women at all levels to advocate for agricultural change.</p> <h3>Read more</h3> <p><strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/iwd2012" rel="nofollow">International Women's Day 2012</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/grow" rel="nofollow">Oxfam's GROW campaign</a></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Sustainable agriculture: No change without women</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_es first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blog/12-03-12-agricultura-sostenible-cambios-sin-participacion-mujer" title="Agricultura sostenible: No habrá cambios sin la participación de la mujer" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> <li class="translation_fr last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blog/12-03-13-agriculture-durable-pas-de-changement-sans-les-femmes" title="Agriculture durable : pas de changement sans les femmes" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 11:11:52 +0000 Alfhild Böhringer 9808 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/12-03-12-sustainable-agriculture-no-change-without-women#comments #GROW Week: the wrap-up http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/11-10-21-grow-week-wrap <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>GROW Week has been a week of global celebration and inspiration!</strong></p> <p><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blog/11-10-15-grow-week-day-one-international-day-rural-women"><strong>GROW Week Day 1</strong></a> (Saturday, October 15), the <a href="http://www.un.org/womenwatch/feature/idrw/" rel="nofollow"><strong>International Day of Rural Women</strong></a>, we launched GROW Week. Straight away, inspirational stories of commemoration began to come in from all over the world. In Tanzania, small scale woman farmer Ester Mtegule was crowned Female Food Heroine out of 6000 applicants in a special ceremony. The award highlighted and celebrated the role of rural women in food production and security.</p> <p><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blog/11-10-16-grow-week-day-two-world-food-day"><strong>GROW Week Day 2</strong></a> (Sunday, October 16) was <strong><a href="http://www.fao.org/getinvolved/worldfoodday/en/" rel="nofollow">World Food Day</a></strong> and Blog Action Day. Bloggers came together in their thousands from hundreds of countries to join the big conversation, which for 2011, was food. In the spirit of GROW, Duncan Green's <strong><a href="http://twitter.com/search/%23bad11" rel="nofollow">#BAD11</a></strong> submission was about <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/oct/14/agriculture-investing-small-farmers-development" rel="nofollow"><strong>small scale agriculture</strong>.</a></p> <p>Across the US, Canada and Australia, people used their Sunday dinner as a platform to debate the topic of food price volatility and food speculation. There were 300 events in the US alone.</p> <p><strong>Read: <a href="http://growweek.posterous.com/fw-world-food-day-marked-with-over-300-events" rel="nofollow">World Food Day dinners in the US</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blog/11-10-17-grow-week-day-three-round-up"><strong>GROW Week Day 3</strong></a> (Monday, October 17) was the <strong><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blog/11-10-17-grow-week-day-three-poverty-hunger-and-impact-women">International Day for the Eradication of Poverty</a></strong>. On the blog we looked at hunger and the impact on women, who often go hungry first and have few rights to their land, despite being major players in food production.</p> <p>"You have struck a rock, you have struck a woman – we will not be moved" was a cry heard at the Rural Women's Assembly in South Africa on <strong><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blog/11-10-18-grow-week-day-four-climate-change">GROW Week Day 4</a> </strong>(Tuesday, October 18), echoing the words heard at an anti-apartheid march in Pretoria 55 years ago. The 3-day Assembly addressed critical issues – like the impact of <a href="https://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/issues/climate-change" rel="nofollow"><strong>climate change</strong></a> – faced by rural women in South Africa and throughout the world.</p> <p>Global action for GROW Week continued on <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blog/11-10-19-grow-week-day-four-round-and-investment-small-scale-agriculture"><strong>Day 5</strong></a>. Five international development organisations, including Oxfam, handed over a petition of over 31,539 signatures in support of smallholders and sustainable agriculture to the French Minister of Agriculture Bruno Le Maire at the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS) meeting in Rome.</p> <p><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blog/11-10-20-grow-week-day-six-famine-east-africa-three-months"><strong>GROW Week Day 6</strong></a> (Thursday, October 19) marked three months since the offical declaration of <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/east-africa-food-crisis/famine-somalia-what-needs-be-done" rel="nofollow"><strong>famine in Somalia</strong></a>. If the leaders of the world made the right decisions and put the right changes in place, the most recent food crisis in East Africa could be the last. The<strong> <a href="http://hungercharter.org/" rel="nofollow">Charter to End Extreme Hunger</a></strong> calls on world leaders to implement policies – many of which are solutions that already exist – that will ensure everyone always has enough to eat.</p> <p><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blog/11-10-21-grow-week-day-seven-land-grabs"><strong>GROW Week Day 7</strong></a> (Friday, October 20) we focused on the amazing campaigning work being done <strong><a href="http://growweek.posterous.com/tag/landgrabs" rel="nofollow">around the UK</a></strong>. In Scotland, England and Wales, volunteers 'land grabbed' areas of city centres, donning hard hats and taping off public spaces to highlight the issue of <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/campaigns/tackle-landgrabs" rel="nofollow"><strong>land grabs</strong></a>.</p> <p>At lunchtime yesterday, Oxfam's Head of Research Duncan Green hosted his first live Q&amp;A on the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/GROWgarden" rel="nofollow"><strong>GROW Facebook page</strong></a> all about the GROW campaign! With a quick crash course in social networking, Duncan was firing off answers to your questions on local/global agriculture, fair trade, climate change, biofuels and more, as fast as can be. You can now read the whole transcript of<strong> <a href="http://growweek.posterous.com/duncan-green-live-facebook-qa-about-the-grow" rel="nofollow">transcript of Duncan's GROW Q&amp;A</a></strong>.</p> <p><strong></strong>We really enjoyed all the pictures that were submitted from Russia, so we decided to put them together in a photo album. A favourite was one of a cat hiding between two giant squashes, which made everyone in the Oxfam office smile.</p> <p><strong>See: <a href="http://growweek.posterous.com/grow-in-russia-our-favourite-pictures" rel="nofollow">Photos from Russia</a></strong></p> <p>We hope you have enjoyed GROW Week as much as we have. It's been an inspirational few days. Around the world, people continue to demand justice on issues like land grabs, equal land rights and food prices.</p> <p></p> <p></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>#GROW Week: the wrap-up</h2></div> Fri, 21 Oct 2011 17:46:49 +0000 Rosie Cowling 9623 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/11-10-21-grow-week-wrap#comments #GROW Week day one: International Day of Rural Women http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/11-10-15-grow-week-day-one-international-day-rural-women <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>Welcome to day one of GROW week!</strong> Today we are celebrating <strong>The International Day of Rural Women</strong>. Every day for the next seven days, we will keep you updated on events happening all over the world, to coincide with GROW week and <strong>World Food Day</strong> (October 16).</p> <p>Around the world, women are being celebrated as food producers in exciting ways. More than a third of the world's female workforce is engaged in agriculture, while in regions like Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, more than 60 per cent of all female employment is in this sector.</p> <p>They might form the backbone of agriculture, but women farmers still do not have equal rights to those of men and face many challenges. In many countries, women may be responsible for most of the food production, but only make up 10-20% of landowners. They are also particularly vulnerable to issues within the broken food system, like climate change.</p> <p>In Tanzania, rural women work four hours longer per week than their male counterparts. In most parts of Tanzania women participate in crop production and livestock care, while carrying out home tasks like providing food, water and fuel for their families and caring for children, the elderly and the sick.

</p> <h3><strong>Tanzania's Female Food Heroine Award 2011</strong></h3> <p>Today (October 15), on the eve of World Food Day, three outstanding women will be crowned female food heroines in Tanzania to highlight and celebrate the role played by rural women in food production. There were 6000 applicants and 10,000 votes. The award recognises and celebrates the outstanding contribution women make to food security in Tanzania.</p> <p><strong>Read more about the <a href="http://growweek.posterous.com/rural-women-seen-as-agencies-of-change-in-tan" rel="nofollow">Female Food Heroine Award</a> and the <a href="http://growweek.posterous.com/75562859" rel="nofollow">finalists</a></strong></p> <h3><strong>Seminar on food sovereignty and rural women in Guatemala</strong></h3> <p>In Guatemala City on October 14, over 100 rural women and farmers, as well as representatives of all the country's indigenous peoples, gathered to reflect on the challenges facing rural women, under one slogan:</p> <p>"Women have the right to land and natural resources!"</p> <p><strong>Read more about action in <a href="http://growweek.posterous.com/14-octubre-segundo-dia-semana-de-accion-globa" rel="nofollow">Guatemala</a></strong></p> <h3><strong>Women climate change warriors in Bolivia</strong></h3> <p>How can we support small-scale farmers and women producers without being criticised as romantic and unrealistic? The Oxfam campaign team in Bolivia faces these challenges in campaigning for food justice. They came up with the slogan of 'climate change warriors' after speaking to women from the Amazon Basin about how they saw their future.</p> <p><strong>Read more about <a href="http://growweek.posterous.com/growweek-blog-bolivia" rel="nofollow">women climate change warriors in Bolivia</a></strong></p> <h3><strong>In Latin America, rural women rock our world!</strong></h3> <p>As part of Rural Women's Day celebrations, a photo stunt is taking place across Latin and South America today (October 15), to bring recognition to women who play an integral part in food production all over the world. In eight countries on the continent – from Paraguay in the south to Mexico in the north, women will unveil banners with slogans like 'we produce food' and 'we transform the world'.</p> <p><strong>Read more about <a href="http://growweek.posterous.com/in-latin-america-rural-women-rocks-oxfams-wor" rel="nofollow">the photo stunt in Latin America</a></strong></p> <h3><strong>Women march for land rights in El Salvador</strong></h3> <p>On October 10, 250 women marched to the Legislative Assembly in San Salvador in support of better rights to land, investment and justice. The Economic and Agriculture Commission granted them a one hour long meeting, in which they voiced the main concern: the approval of a new Law on Food Security and Sovereignty, with a gender perspective.</p> <p><strong>Read more about <a href="http://growweek.posterous.com/action-from-el-salvador" rel="nofollow">action in El Salvador</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Coming up: World Food Day events from around the world, the crowning of the Female Food Heroine in Tanzania and pictures from the photo stunt in Latin America.</strong></p> <p></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>#GROW Week day one: International Day of Rural Women</h2></div> Sat, 15 Oct 2011 13:54:23 +0000 Rosie Cowling 9617 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/11-10-15-grow-week-day-one-international-day-rural-women#comments