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Witnesses to the mining conflict gather, Peru

Renewed violence around Las Bambas mining project: Will we learn from past mistakes?

Copper mining in Las Bambas, Peru has sparked new violence as the communities surrounding the mine are bypassed again by the Peruvian government and mining company, MMG, on decisions that greatly...

The community of Akatakyieso in Ghana has been affected by gold mining by Anglo Gold Ashanti. Most of the farmers in the community lost access to their fields and received inadequate compensation. The mining activity affected the forest surrounding the village, and destroyed their water resources and access to forest products. Villagers are also concerned about the effects that blasting will have on their buildings. Credit: Oxfam

More consultation, less exploitation: the extractive industries and community consent

The relationship between the extractive industries and affected communities is too often characterized by exploitation and conflict. Michelle Katz and Augustine Niber explain how a report on the...

The women who are part of the Gbarlin Women’s co-operative rest in the shade after harvesting peppers on their farm near Kbor town, Mamb Kaba district, Margibi county, Liberia. Credit: Andy Hall/Oxfam

The law of the land

For marginalised men, women and communities across the developing world the threat of land dispossession is all too real. Here Ross Clarke, Law and Justice Adviser, introduces the Community Land...

Small farmer that produces corn struggles to survive during the worst drought of the past 47 years in Coiceio do Coit, Bahia, Brazil (2011).

Bringing 'the environment' back down to earth

Today is UN World Environment Day, but unlike other more straightforward occasions, it is not always clear just how to celebrate this one. Here, Daniel Morchain suggests some possible ways that those...

Women and men of Barillas, Guatemala, maintain a passive resistance and reject the construction of a hydroelectric dam. Credit: Giovany Ujpan Mendoza/ Oxfam

Risky investment and human rights abuses: ‘Does the World Bank think this is development?’

Oxfam is calling for the IFC, a branch of the World Bank, to stop investing in high-risk intermediary clients and projects. Here Kate Geary, our land rights policy lead, explains why. ...

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...

Ipaishe cycles the 6 km to work on the land she now owns, Gutu District, Zimbabwe. Credit:Annie Bungeroth/Oxfam

Adapting to a hotter, hungrier world in Zimbabwe

As we launch our new briefing on the impact of climate change on hunger, John Magrath introduces Ipaishe, a Zimbabwean farmer who has experienced both the benefits and limitations of schemes that...

Drilling for water in Nawoyatir village,Turkana, in April 2012. Credit: Kieran Doherty/Oxfam

Harnessing Turkana's water discovery

In September 2013, UNESCO and the Government of Kenya announced the discovery of massive groundwater reserves under Turkana. The aquifer could change thousands of lives, but only if technical challenges...

Behind the Brands - the companies respond

The week saw the launch of the second phase of our Behind the Brands campaign, calling on food and drinks companies to protect the land rights of communities affected by their supply chains. Here...

Sugarcane workers, Brazil. Credit: Oxfam/Tatiana Cardeal

What do the world’s biggest brands have to do with land rights?

Why is Oxfam calling for zero tolerance of global land grabs by food and beverage companies? Irit Tamar from Oxfam America introduces the next phase of our Behind the Brands campaign. ...