agriculture

Una mujer mira al horizonte en una zona rural de Cuba.

Blog: "Don’t forget rural Cuba!”

Old Havana was packed with smiles and black umbrellas. To the outside observer, it’s impossible to tell that Cuba is going through its worst drought in over a century.

The annual olive harvest, West Bank. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Harvesting olives, transforming lives in the West Bank

The annual olive harvest, which finishes this week, is one of the most important events of the year for Palestinian farmers. Yet olive farmers in the West Bank face enormous challenges. Their access to land, water and markets is often limited by Israeli settlements.

Chief Ezequiel João, Panambi-Lagoa Rica Indigenous Land, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Photo: Tatiana Cardeal

Blog: UN Committee on World Food Security on track to lead the global effort toward achieving zero hunger by 2030

With the UN Committee on World Food Security's adoption of the report of its 2015 plenary session, the CFS took important commitments that will be critical to ensure that it can deliver on its role and lead the global efforts to achieve zero hunger and a sustainable agriculture by 2030 and realize the right to adequate food.

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.

Barbara Chinyeu (36) is a widow who risks her life every day to irrigate her crops and feed her two children. She lives in Chiawa, Zambia, a rural area with few transport links and employment opportunities. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Blog: Message to Southern Africa leaders: invest in women and smallholder farmers

From the 17-18 August 2015, SADC (Southern African Development Community) Heads of State will take key decisions that will determine the direction of development and integration in the region. They should elevate one issue above all others: the importance of investment in women and smallholder farmers. 

Female climate fighters

Blog: Celebrating female climate change fighters

This International Women’s Day, we want to celebrate Female Climate Change Fighters. In places like Bolivia, the Philippines and Zimbabwe, small-scale female farmers show resilience and strength as they battle the effects of climate change and make their livelihoods happen despite unpredictable weather, dry spells and extreme flooding.

Judith Catongoma, Bananas For Equality, Zambia. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Blog: Rural transformation: Key to sustainable development

2015 represents a juncture for development. The process of defining new Sustainable Development Goals provides an opportunity to refocus policies, investments and partnerships for more inclusive, sustainable and people-centered development.

Indian women tilling the earth. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Why ending poverty in India means tackling rural poverty and power

More than 800 million of India’s 1.25 billion people live in the countryside. One quarter of rural India’s population is below the official poverty line – 216 million people. Vanita Suneja, Oxfam India’s Economic Justice Lead, argues that India can’t progress until it tackles rural poverty.

Climate change is making people hungry and the effects are being felt in Peru

Blog: Climate change is not just about the climate, it is about our lives

By Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International - As representatives from more than 195 governments around the world come together in Lima, Peru this week to work on drafting a global treaty on climate change, they should heed the words of Peruvian farmer Marisa Marcavillaca: "Climate change is not just about the climate, it is about our lives."

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