Erinch Sahan

Head of Food & Climate Policy and Campaigns (interim)

Erinch Sahan

Erinch currently leads Oxfam GB's work on policy and campaigning on food and climate change.

Since 2011, Erinch has been a private sector adviser who works across Oxfam's programme and campaigning work.He specialises in the links between business and poverty, with a focus on agriculture and the rural economy. He advises policy-makers, businesses, campaigners and programme managers on how to leverage business and markets to better tackle poverty. He is currently working with Oxfam's Enterprise Development Programme to improve its broader impacts. He leads Oxfam's work on scoring the policies of the world's largest food and beverage companies in the Behind the Brands campaign and continues to work directly with companies across multiple sectors to help them better understand their poverty impacts and develop new business models.

Before joining Oxfam, Erinch worked for the Australian government (AusAID) on market-based aid programmes in Indonesia. Prior to entering the development world, he worked as a market strategist at Procter & Gamble and ran a start-up furniture business in Australia. 

Erinch's academic background is in Law and Finance.


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Tea picking in Malawi. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith

Why companies fail to pay a living wage (at least in their supply chains)

With companies seeking to maximise profits to meet investors' expectations, workers in the supply chain lose out and remain trapped in poverty. Erinch Sahan looks at why workers continue to earn...

Behind the brands campaign poster

Behind the Brands: what progress one year on?

In February 2013 we launched an ambitious campaign using the power of consumers and investors to hold the world's biggest food and drinks companies to account for what happens in their supply...

Small is beautiful on World Food Day

With 'Sustainable Food Systems' the theme of this year's World Food Day, Erinch Sahan reminds both governments and private sector investors of their duty to actively support small-scale...

Kalpana Oli, spraying insecticide on her mustard crop, in Surkhet, Nepal. Kelpana is a member of a Co-operative, which is supported by Oxfam’s Enterprise Development Programme. Credit: Oxfam / Aubrey Wade

A call to policy makers – support small-scale agriculture

There's an agricultural bonanza happening right now in the developing world. Global partnerships are being struck, key players are being mobilised and grand declarations are being made to change...

Traffic lights showing amber

We give Greening a green light on growth (well, amber, anyway...)

As the UK Secretary of State for International Development outlines plans for tackling poverty through growth, we welcome her focus on addressing land and gender injustices.  ...

Smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe. Annie Bungeroth/Oxfam

Six steps to good private investment in agriculture

Private investment can be a potent tool in the fight against poverty, but it needs to be done in the right way. Erinch Sahan outlines what's needed to make private sector investment work for...