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agriculture

Line production worker holding pudding produced at the Al Jhaleej dairy factory in Gaza. Photo credit: Hussam Salem/Oxfam

The dairy sector in the Gaza Strip

Gaza's dairy sector has been severely damaged by Israel’s separation policy, blockade and three rounds of hostilities. However, there are opportunities for the sector to grow and reduce its dependence on external markets.

Marjory at the community hall holding millet, Zimbabwe

Our Seeds: Lessons from the drought

Farmer seed systems and community seed banks provide an important safety net for cash-strapped, vulnerable people. They also help small-scale farmers manage climate risk. Supporting them is an adaptation opportunity that is currently being missed.

Noaga Ouèda, a 52-year-old farmer, lives with his 8 children and another 17 relatives in the community of Kario, Burkina Faso.

Climate change in Burkina Faso: fighting through hell and high water

In Burkina Faso, 80% of the population lives on agriculture and livestock. In one of the poorest countries in the world, the effects of climate change cause even more hunger and threaten the subsistence of the inhabitants. We work so that more than 31,000 families can have access to food, drinking water, and preventative information. Meet some of them.

 

Nalukui is a farmer in Zambia. She harvested only 10kg of maize this year due to drought. Photo: Misozi Tembo

Making maize markets work for all in Southern Africa

In most of sub-Saharan Africa, maize is a staple food crop. This paper explores some of the reasons why maize markets fail and argues that a major reason is because there is so little trust or cooperation between governments and private traders.

We are learning how to manage our crops better,” say farmers Malvin Ortiz and Felipe Martínez, “and we are teaching our children how to do it, too.” Now, the future is looking more hopeful.

Building resilience to drought in El Salvador

The lingering effects of El Niño have affected around 7 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean. Oxfam and its local partners have been helping some of the most vulnerable people in the region to become more resilient to extreme weather patterns.

Beatrice, a small scale farmer in Ghana but is forced to make up her income by smashing rocks.

Feeding climate change

Despite progress, much work remains to cut greenhouse gas emissions and to support the millions of people already hit by climate change. This paper presents new data commissioned from the research consultancy CE Delft on the greenhouse gas emissions footprints and water scarcity footprints of major food commodities. 

Children attending school in Northern Ghana, December 2015

The time is now

Africa is losing billions to corruption, poorly negotiated deals and tax dodging. Leaders must listen to their people. They must crack down on tax dodging and maximize progressive revenues to create a more human economy for Africa.

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