Tag: land

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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. ...

A Guatemalan woman sorts corn at her home in the village of Willywood. Credit: Noah Friedman-Rudovsky

Closing the policy gap for small-scale farmers in Guatemala

In the second of a series of posts exploring the impact of government policy on small-scale agriculture, Celeste Molina asks what is needed for Guatemala's small farmers to fulfil their...

Onion pickers arrive by tractor at the yellow onion field in Hanareb, Barda, Azerbaijan. Credit: Oxfam/Kieran Doherty

What if…? Questioning the future of agriculture

In December 2012 Oxfam invited food and agriculture experts from around the world to write short provocative and aspirational essays on what the future of agriculture could look like. Richard...

The World Bank and land grabs

At the beginning of its Land and Poverty Conference this week, the World Bank Group put out a statement on land that follows many months - and in some cases years - of campaigning...