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A worker in an apple cooperative in Serbia, with Artur Gomktsyan, Economic Justice Programme Officer in Armenia. Credit: Nino Gvianishvili/Oxfam

Towards economic empowerment – together

Drawing on their experiences visiting Serbian cooperatives and businesses last March, Audrey Lejeune, Programme Learning Adviser, and Shekhar Anand, Regional Livelihood Development Lead, explain...

Emily Alpass demonstrates how to weed an organic paddy field. Credit: Tessa Bunney

Five issues the 2015 climate agreement needs to address

Small scale farmers in Asia and around the world are facing the stark reality of increasingly unpredictable weather patterns. What issues do agricultural communities identify as most important to...

Photo: Jerik Tomada tends to his rice crop. Credit: Simon Rawles/Oxfam

Weathering it out: climate change and farming in Asia

As extreme and unpredictable weather patterns have become the norm many farmers in Asia have used their initiative to diversify their crops and engage in experimentation. But, as Janice Ian Manlutac,...

Showing off a bumper crop of green vegetables at Mazuru market garden. Credit: John Magrath/ Oxfam

Solar irrigation and refrigeration - improving incomes in Zimbabwe

Solar energy is transforming livelihoods in Zimbabwe from labour saving irrigation for crops to refrigeration for fresh produce. In the third in a series of blog posts about the impact of solar energy,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Sukitha has worked at Oxfam's dairy co-op in Muruganwr, Sri Lanka since 2009. Credit: Abir Abdullah/Oxfam

Social investing in Asia - does it need to be more courageous?

There's a growing interest in ethical investment in Asia but funds are still reluctant to risk investing in fledgling rural enterprises. Here Kim Sophastienphong, Enterprise Development Programme...

Rice project beneficiary Susana Edwards, aged 50 works in her rice fieldin the Pouh Town area of Grand Gedeh county, Liberia. Credit: Kieran Doherty/Oxfam

Eradicating hunger in West Africa: learning from Brazil

Next week, see the launch of the West Africa Zero Hunger Initiative in Accra, Ghana. Here, Jérôme Gérard shares his hopes that West Africa can learn from Brazil's strategy which has seen 28 million...