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Abigail looks out over the land around her house, she is one of an estimated 3000 poor farmers and fisher folk at risk from a  development in Aurora province, Philippines. Credit: Simon Rawles/Oxfam

Land policy makers need to focus on how change happens

As delegates start filing in for the World Bank's annual Land and Poverty Conference, Ross Clarke explains why a critical point of discussion should be the divergence between land policy 'the...

Women sharing traditional methods of weather forecasting with Uganda National Meteorology Authority (UNMA) staff, Kasese district, Western Uganda. Credit: Tracy Kajumba

Seasonal climate forecasts for all: a success story from Uganda

In 2012, the Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance (ACCRA) embarked on a partnership with the Uganda National Meteorology Authority (UNMA) with the aim of giving men and women farmers universal...

Rice harvest, Philippines. Credit: Tessa Bunney/Oxfam

Averting disaster through automated weather stations

Automated weather stations provide highly accurate forecasts. Vincent Malasador, DRR Programme Officer for Oxfam in the Philippines, explains how they are being used to enhance the capacity of local...

Workers preparing fields to grow corn, Gutu project irrigation site. Credit: David White/Oxfam

Weather alerts by text message: a climate change adaptation success?

Accurate weather forecasts can help farmers to improve their harvests and protect their livestock, but poor rural communities often lack access to this information. In the first of a series of blogs...

The 2014 winners of Female Food Heroes Ethiopia with the renowned Ethiopian singer and Good Will Ambassador of the Female Food Heroes Hamelmal Abate. Credit: Amensisa Ifa

The incredible women farmers of Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, the Female Food Heroes initiative is giving women smallholder farmers a platform to showcase their successes. Here, Seble Teweldebirhan, media and digital campaigner at...

Photo: Unilever farmer Javid checks the onions in the yelllow onion field, Barda. Credit: Kieran Doherty/Oxfam

Partnering with big business: 4 key lessons

In 2010, Oxfam and Unilever started Project Sunrise, a partnership to learn how to do business with women and men smallholders in a way that improves their livelihoods. Five years on Private sector...

Caption: Flood waters still remain in the Caia district of the Zambezi river region, Feb 2008. Andy Hall/Oxfam

Floods: opportunities or threats to resilience? Ask a farmer

The idea of resilience, the capacity to adapt and thrive in the face of adversity, has become increasingly important within international development. Resilience thinking is often presented as inherently...

Farmers' market, Mindanao, Philippines. Credit: Jo Villanueva/Oxfam

What stories does the soil tell about poverty and inequality in Mindanao?

On the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, land degradation is a major problem affecting small-scale subsistence farmers and large-scale producers alike. Daniel Morchain looks at...

The red soil of Al Far'a village is rich and the warm winter weather is especially good for the winter crops. Here, cabbages have begun to sprout (Credit: Sarah-Eve Hammond/Oxfam)

Digging deep in the year of soil

The health of soil has a significant impact on food security, climate change adaptation and livelihoods. As the UN has declared 2015 to be the year of soils, Daniel Morchain explains why it is vital...

In Nicaragua, 64000 jobs were lost in 2013 due to the destruction of coffee plantations caused by the roya (coffee rust). These numbers are likely to increase in the years to come. (Credit: Mathieu-Etienne Gagnon/Oxfam)

Prolonged drought, rising temperatures and coffee rust — the growing crisis in Central America

Increasingly severe climate conditions are having a devastating impact on food security and livelihoods in Central America. Here, John Magrath looks at how prolonged droughts alone are serious concern,...

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