Date: Dec 2012

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It's time for the World Bank to be a land leader

Over the last few years, Oxfam has uncovered more and more about the extent and impact of land grabbing in the countries where we work. When the speed and scale of this phenomenon became clear, we...

Information board updated by Government officials following typhoon Bopha. Credit: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

So, what was 2012’s worst humanitarian disaster?

Ed Cairns, an Oxfam senior policy adviser, looks back on a very mixed year in humanitarian crises. ...

Tonton, a 10 year old boy from Sitio Maoa, Brgy Aquino, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, lost his family’s house and its entire seaweed farm. Credit: Dante Dalabajan

Typhoon Bopha's terrible blow to Philippine seaweed farmers

Typhoon Bopha (known in the Philippines as Typhoon Pablo) has devastated the seaweed farmers of Hinatuan, who were only just starting to recover from 2011's Typhoon Washi (local name Sedong)....

Voluntary members of the Oxfam water and sanitation committee in Jamam refugee camp, South Sudan. Credit: John Ferguson/Oxfam

Tackling poor governance — where to begin?

People's ability to claim their rights is hampered by poorly governed or weak institutions. On the UN's Human Rights Day, we're launching a new tool to help practitioners to plan programmes...

Future of agriculture banner. Text reads 'What is your vision.'

What's your vision for the future of agriculture?

Forecasts indicate world food production must grow at least fifty per cent by 2050, to feed a population of nine billion people. But can this be done in a way that eradicates hunger, preserves the...

Tomatoes for sale. Bvumbwe Market, Thyolo. Southern Malawi. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

As global agri-investment increases, policies must put local people centre stage

Corporate interest in agricultural investment is up, but a new report shows that policies are skewed against inclusive investments. We need to reshape them so investments meet local people's...

Rasmalar and her husband harvesting their paddy fields in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka. Credit: Abir Abdullah/ Oxfam

Ensuring small holders aren't squeezed out of agricultural investments

Tipping the Balance, a new joint research report from Oxfam and IIED reveals that current popular policies can tip the balance away from small farmers. How can we ensure small holder farmers...

Gaza during a bombing raid. Credit: Karl Schembri/Oxfam

‘I really hope that the future of Gaza will be different.’ Time to lift the blockade.

Two weeks after the ceasefire. Six days after Palestine became a UN 'non-member observer state'. Where are we now? As Jabr Qudeih, a local aid worker in Gaza says: There's a truce, but...

Typhoon Bopha moves west of the Philippines - impact less severe than expected

Despite being tagged as a super typhoon, the damages and destruction caused by typhoon Bopha was not as severe compared to last year's tropical storm Washi which affected similar areas,...

Marchers start the 2nd day of the more than 300km walk to Manila from Casiguran Aurora province Northeast of the Philippines.  Credit: Veejay Villafranca/Oxfam

Casiguran march for justice: farmers walk to oppose 'legalised land grabbing'

120 farmers, fisherfolk and indigenous peoples from Casiguran in the Philippines are currently marching to Manila in hopes of drawing attention to a new development, which they describe...