Ashley Aarons sets out how international organisations can enable national NGOs to take the lead on efforts to change the lives of smaller farmers, including changing contracts, training and supporting coalitions.
System change programmes have had significant impacts on farmers and workers around the world. However, says Ashley Aarons, they have tended to ignore the existence and harm of power imbalances. Drawing on Oxfam´s work in Southeast Asia, he suggests new tactics and examples of how to address such imbalances.
Uwe Gneiting shares top insights from new research that looks at companies’ attempts to raise farmer incomes in Ghana
As the world confronts the widespread hunger caused by the worst drought in 40 years, we must not forget it is also having a devastating impact on schools, health and the animals that are the basis of so many livelihoods, says Abdiaziz Adani
What’s the best way to support communities to claim water rights from rivers that cross between nations? Avinash Singh and Marieke Meeske on four lessons from South Asia on tackling the unique challenges of “transboundary river basins”
Jiselle Steele of the Oxfam Business Advisory Service (OBAS) explains how we are supporting the integration of a “gender transformative approach” into the policies and practices of the coffee industry – and invites you to a webinar next month to learn more
In this blog for the 16 Days campaign, community activists Olga Loforte and Gilda Mendonça and Oxfam’s Helena Chiquele tell us about their efforts to empower displaced women by addressing barriers to schemes to support farmers
The agriculture sector in the Occupied Palestinian Territory is debilitated by multifaceted structural challenges. However, within the sector itself, women face another layer of challenges arising from the gender roles and responsibilities that are strongly defined by social norms. The gender division of labour in the agriculture sector depends upon the specific agricultural commodity and the various stages of the value chain. …
Salimata Kone (pictured) is a cocoa farmer and lives with her husband and children near Divo, a city in southern Côte d’Ivoire. She took part in a project to improve her family income and financial resilience through crop diversification, producing other crops alongside her cocoa harvest. Through the project, Salimata not only managed to increase her family’s income by harvesting more than 450kg of …
Jess Fullwood-Thomas reports back from South Sudan on Oxfam’s work with local partners rebuilding livelihoods, tackling gender inequality and promoting good governance. I’ve recently returned from South Sudan where Oxfam is supporting communities to cope with the ongoing crisis that has left four million people displaced and thousands killed. The last four years have decimated a country that only a …
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