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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,...

Women and children eating

Hidden hunger: South Africans speak out on World Food Day

On World Food Day John Magrath shares the findings of an Oxfam South Africa report which reveals that one in four citizens are going hungry. The causes of poverty, the cost of food, and related issues...

Food giants such as General Mills are listening.

Food giants are listening to demands for sustainability

In February 2013 we launched the Behind the Brands campaign with an assessment of the social and environmental policies of the world's ten largest food and beverage companies. The campaign has...

A small holder farmer in Rwanda on her mobile phone. Credit: Alvaro Valverde/Oxfam

Influencing mobile network operators and partners to work for women and sustainable agriculture

Oxfam recently embarked on an innovative partnership in mNutrition, a programme, which aims to use mobile phones to help fight hunger and malnutrition in Asia and Africa. Here Alvaro Valverde and...

"Chorti" Indigenous woman of the community of Tunuco Arriba Jocotan (Guatemala). Saul Martinez/Oxfam

Could coffee rust and El Niño cause hunger for millions?

John Magrath explains how poor coffee harvests and drought are already threatening millions in Central America with hunger. Now, with meteorologists predicting an onset of El Niño later this year,...

Women from the village of Mecha, Ethiopia, dressed in protective clothing, during a workshop at the Ambrosia beekeeping training centre. Credit: Tom Pietrasik

Taking stock of our Enterprise Development Programme

Our Enterprise Development Programme (EDP) is an innovative business based approach to tackling poverty. Last week Maria Michalopoulou explored how and why Oxfam invests in small businesses....

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