Subject: livelihoods

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Photo: Olga Rosine Adou is the president of COOPASA, a cocoa cooperative in Agboville, Ivory Coast. She says international companies that buy cocoa from the women she represents could do more to improve their livelihoods. Credit: Peter DiCampo / Oxfam America

The truth about women and chocolate – soft promises or solid change?

Two years ago, three of the world's biggest cocoa companies made commitments to women in their supply chains. Sarah Zoen, Senior Policy Advisor with Oxfam America's Private Sector Department, looks...

Photo: Nune Avakyan heads an Oxfam-sponsored leadership training group. Credit: Oxfam in Armenia

Planting seeds of a brighter future: Gomk’s female agricultural co-op

Continuing our series of blogs for International Women's Day, Serouj Aprahamyan, a volunteer at Oxfam in Armenia, looks at how a women's agricultural co-op in Armenia is empowering women...

AMAL programme, Azmour, Tunisia.

Empowering women to make their voices heard

In the first of a series of blogs that we are publishing for International Women's Day, Nay El Rahi and Imed Zouari from Oxfam Tunisia look at how a group of women factory workers responded...

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...

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...

Rapid Care Analysis discussion group, Oromia, Ethiopia (2014)

Understanding unpaid care in Ethiopia through first-hand testimonies

In late November 2014, the WE-Care project conducted four rapid care analyses in the Oromia Region of central Ethiopia. The purpose of the rapid care analyses was to shine a light on the burden of...

Peace campaigner and marathon runner Julius Arile with his family and neighbours in his home village (2012). Sven Torfinn/Oxfam

14 ways to better promote active citizenship

Oxfam's active citizenship case studies employ a 'theory of change approach' to explore how change happens in different contexts. They cover a wide range of programmes, both in terms...

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...

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...

Women package seeds for the retail market at the SEAN Seed Company, Thankot, Kathmandu (Credit: Aubrey Wade)

Are you paying a living wage? Four ways to check

There is no single, universal way to calculate a living wage. It is contextual with a wide range of influencing factors leading to significant variation on national and regional levels. Here, Paulien...

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