This short video shows how 11 finalists were chosen from 6,000 entries for Female Food Hero, for their outstanding contribution to their community and agriculture. The winner Ester and the other 10 finalists proved that sometimes it is the unheard voices that make the loudest noise.
Musician Baaba Maal visited Mauritania where a food crisis now affects one in four people across the country. Oxfam is calling for urgent interventions to avoid the worst over the coming months, as well as long-term investments to strengthen the resilience of populations.
Theses photos, taken at the end of 2011 in Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Chad, show the extent of the food crisis people are already facing. But by investing now in the ability of vulnerable populations to cope, the worst impacts of the Sahel food crisis can still be avoided.
Peruvian chef Flavio Solórzano cooks the winning dish from the GROW recipe competition. Diego Camacho from Trujillo, Peru won with his creation "Tribute to Pachamama", which celebrates the Andean goddess of agriculture and the work of small-scale women farmers.
As a result of climate change and its impact on food production, small-scale women farmers in the Western Cape of South Africa are now eating less or nothing at all, and saving the little food they do produce for their families to eat.
Drought is making it difficult for herding families in southern Ethiopia to earn a living from their livestock. Some people have decided to try a new approach: irrigated farming. With Oxfam's help, they are adapting to the changing climate by tapping the Dawa River for water.