GROW week

Oxfam volunteers demonstrate the impact of food price volatility Oxfam/Francesco Cafaro

Blog: #GROW Week day six: the famine in Somalia three months on

Three months to the day since the announcement of famine in Somalia, the situation in the country remains severe. 

Malnutrition rates among children in Somalia are the worst in the world. There are now 1.5 million Somalis – one in six of the population – who have been displaced and the upcoming rainy season brings the threat of outbreaks of disease among communities already weakened by malnutrition.

Small scale farmers march to the National Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: #GROW Week day five: investment in small scale agriculture

If we told you that small scale farms around the world are putting food on the plates of one in three people on earth, would you think that was worth investing in? There are currently 500,000 small-scale farms doing just that.

Rural Women's Assembly in South Africa. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: #GROW Week day four: climate change

Every day this week, we will look at the issues in the GROW campaign through activities happening around the world.

One of the issues that is featuring in GROW Week campaigns and actions this week is our changing climate. In South Africa and Cambodia, people are making themselves heard about climate change.

Emelina Dominguez, agricultural technician, 42, taking care of the seedlings at the green house in Honduras. Gilvan Barreto/Oxfam.

Blog: #GROW Week day three: poverty, hunger and the impact on women

Today is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Tackling hunger is a massive task but it is possible. Moving towards change must start with recognising the instabilities and inequalities in the food system and tapping the potential within it, starting with the people who are hugely important to food production but often overlooked; small scale farmers and women.

Festival for Rural Women in Central Park Guatemala City. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: #GROW Week day three: female food heroines and more

It's been a busy weekend for the GROW campaign, with celebrations all over the world for International Day of Rural Women on Saturday and World Food Day on Sunday. Here's a round-up of yesterday from the live GROW Week Posterous blog:

Oxfam supports the participation of small scale farmers in the Mistura festival in Peru. Photo: Gustavo Herrera/Oxfam

Blog: #GROW Week day two: World Food Day

Happy World Food Day! Across the world, people are talking about food.

To coincide with World Food Day, we're talking about our broken food system. After decades of progress, the number of people without enough to eat is actually increasing. It could soon top one billion. That's more than one in seven people waking up hungry and going to bed hungry. Today. In the 21st century. We really need to get things under control.

Ruzema Binamu, the youngest finalist at 21, tends to her land in Lupupu Village, Tanzania. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: #GROW Week day one: International Day of Rural Women

Welcome to day one of GROW week! Today we are celebrating The International Day of Rural Women. 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 World Food Day (October 16).

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.

Blog: #GROW Week is here! 15-22 October

Around the world, in over 40 countries, thousands of people are participating in events to celebrate the joy and power of food.

On Saturday 15th October, just ahead of World Food Day on the 16th, Oxfam launched GROW Week. Every day we’ll be showing you what’s going on around the world – an international celebration of food with daily blogs, photo roundups, competitions and loads of ways to get involved and take action.

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