How can overcoming educational barriers improve the sustainability of smallholder supply chains?

Catherine Meredith Food & livelihoods, Natural Resources Leave a Comment

In this podcast we speak to Amanda Klarer, the Responsible Farming Program Manager at Marcatus QED, who works with some of the world’s leading and niche consumer brands to develop customised sourcing programmes, innovative products and sustainable supply chains. Marcatus QED is one of Unilever’s supply partners for their gherkin supply chain, and is part of the Enhancing Livelihoods Fund, …

A market stall at Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Credit: Corrie Sissons, Oxfam

Reaching refugees and boosting small businesses in Bangladesh

Corrie Sissons Emergency, Food & livelihoods, Humanitarian, Refugees and IDPs Leave a Comment

By providing emergency cash or vouchers Oxfam can help people in crisis to get desperately needed food and other items, while boosting local businesses at the same time. Corrie Sissons explains what this looks like in Oxfam’s Rohingya Crisis response. At Oxfam we help those in crisis to meet their emergency needs in a way which does no harm. This …

Food fair held alongside the food security conference Credit: Oxfam

Influencing for food security in the South Caucasus

Shekhar Anand Food & livelihoods, Food security, General, Influencing Leave a Comment

What strategies can be used to raise the voices of smallholder farmers so that food security policies reflect their needs? Shekhar Anand and Jacky Repila share learning from Oxfam’s national influencing work in the South Caucasus. Small holder farmers are some of the people most vulnerable to food insecurity in the South Casucasus. In Georgia 63 per cent of all …

Farmers at Ruti irrigation scheme, Gutu District, Masvingo Province (from left to right: Elastos Manyanga, Katinos Mudadi, Davison Chara, and Ipaishe Masvingise). Photo: Martin Walsh/Oxfam, December 2013

Love in the drylands, how irrigation is changing lives in Zimbabwe

Martin Walsh Climate Change, Debating Drought, Food security, General Leave a Comment

Climate change is placing increasing stress upon the livelihoods of people living in the world’s drylands. Smallholder irrigation can help improve food security in areas with unpredictable rainfall. Here Senior Researcher Martin Walsh discusses the findings from an evaluation of an Oxfam-supported irrigation scheme in Zimbabwe. Reports about irrigation schemes are typically quite dry compendia of facts and figures about intakes …

A presentation at Fulchari Union. Credit: Caroline Ashley/Oxfam

A no ‘tick-box’ approach to gender and resilience

Caroline Ashley Food & livelihoods, Gender, Women's Economic Empowerment Leave a Comment

A key question for Oxfam and the development sector is how to address the different challenges faced by people living in poverty in a holistic fashion. However, our partners are often already successfully addressing multiple issues at once as Caroline Ashley saw in Bangladesh. I’ve seen gender treated as a ‘tick-box’ exercise – yes women participated. The same goes for …

A letter to Sainsbury’s

Oxfam Policy & Practice Food & livelihoods, General, Private sector Leave a Comment

This is a joint agency letter sent to Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe following the announcement of the “Fairly Traded” tea pilot and the creation of the new Sainsbury’s Sustainability Standards.  Dear Mike, Following the announcement of Sainsbury’s “Fairly Traded” tea pilot and the creation of the new Sainsbury’s Sustainability Standards, we are writing to express a number of serious concerns. Although …

Filling water cans as part of Oxfam's drought response in Somaliland. Credit: Oxfam. Cash transfers

Smarter aid: Why digital cash transfers are the future

Nigel Tricks Cash transfers, Food & livelihoods, General, Humanitarian, ICT4D Leave a Comment

With mobile internet now widely available across East Africa the arguments for aid through electronic cash transfers are overwhelming. Nigel Tricks, Oxfam’s Horn East and Central Africa Regional Director reflects on a recent visit to drought affected Somaliland. Two weeks ago, I visited Oxfam’s drought response in eastern Somaliland. We drove across a stark landscape; what should be a pastoralist …

Food price volatility infographic

John Magrath Food & livelihoods Leave a Comment

Oxfam and the Institute of Development Studies published a report from four years of research in 10 countries into price volatility and its impact on the millions of people who struggle to feed their families nutritiously. The findings found more were turning to the convenience of fast food and a ‘Westernized’ diet, while communities we’re having increasing concerns about food safety and quality. …

A woman hangs her washing to dry in Ruti, Zimbabwe 2012.

Cash transfer programming in Zimbabwe

Khodeza Rume Aid, Food & livelihoods, ICT4D Leave a Comment

Khodeza Rume, a Humanitarian Support Personnel in Food Security and Livelihoods, reflects on a recent electronic cash programme with the World Food Programme and Econet.  With the 2008 financial crash, Zimbabwe suffered a cash crisis and economic collapse which resulted in chronic food insecurity. The situation has since been exacerbated by the effects of El Niño with an estimated 4.1 million …