Eat Local Feed Global 2013

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The world produces enough food to feed everyone yet 1 in 8 people go hungry. Astonishingly, 80% of the world’s hungry are involved in food production! There are things that you can do to improve injustices in the food system, and you can start by signing up to share a meal with your family, friends or […]

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Support small-scale farmers and feed communities

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80%  of the 870 million people who go to bed hungry are involved in food production. They farm small plots of land. Tend cattle, fish, or even work as labourers. They are surrounded by the means to produce or collect food, yet they go hungry. Australian aid targeted at small-scale food producers can fight this […]

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Why small-scale farmers are going hungry?

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Did you know that 98% of people think we live in a world of statistics? Whilst I just made that statistic up, I’ve found myself drowning in whirlpool of statistics and figures this election. From Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott’s approval (or disapproval) ratings, potential swings in marginal seats and claims about budget black holes, […]

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Why are 1 in 8 people are going to be hungry?

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Today 870 million or 1 in 8 people will go to bed hungry. Not because there isn’t enough food. But because of the deep injustice in the way the system works. And because too many of the ways we grow today are using up and destroying the natural resources on which we all rely. Food […]

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I was told “people are poor because they are lazy”

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Ibu Silosor’s husband is a fisherman. He leaves the beach and “is at his Bagan [a wooden fishing platform out to sea] by 6pm. [He]… came back [this morning] at 5am,” Silosor tells me outside her home on the small island of Lembata in eastern Indonesia. Silosor, has already salted her husband’s overnight catch of […]

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Soon after sunrise, Umikalsum, 41, brings his son's catch from the boat to the family home. She lives in Kubur Cina, a neighbordhood of Lewoleba, Nubatukan subdistrict, Lembata district, East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia.

Hunger is on the menu this election

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Thousands of Oxfam supporters have been calling for all parties to prioritise global hunger and food security since the start of our GROW campaign. With last night’s announcement from The Greens, now it’s time for the two major parties to also commit to combating global hunger by supporting small-scale farmers The Greens’ policy includes a commitment to […]

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Life can change for small-scale farmers like Halima

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High in the mountains of Lushoto in northern Tanzania, life has been very hard for Halima Shabani. Feeding and sending her children to school has been a constant struggle as have been the long back-breaking days tending her fields. But with support of overseas aid, life is changing for Halima and her family. Halima is […]

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Ending hunger: the women of Lembata

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One in eight people go hungry every day. Unbelievably, 80% of those going hungry are food producers; small-scale farmers, fishermen and women, forest foragers and landless farm labourers. They produce food, yet many still go hungry. The road to Hoelea from Lewoleba on the island of Lembata is the worst I’ve ever seen. It takes […]

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GROW Challenge #5: Watch your Waste

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By Tori Sanderson, Oxfam GROW Team Intern There are 870 million hungry people in the world, but at least one third of the food that the world produces is wasted. Why is this? Where does all this food go? And what can we do to stop it? This month your GROW Challenge is for you to commit to […]

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Avoiding waste in the kitchen

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By Julie Goodwin – Oxfam GROW ambassador According to Foodwise, Australians waste about $8 billion of edible food per year. That figure is not only shocking in the economic sense, but also in the sheer magnitude of wasted resources that have gone into growing, creating, packaging, transporting and advertising that food. There are steps that each of us […]

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Putting food on the table

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In Timor-Leste almost 50% of children are chronically malnourished. Our aid is helping small-scale farmers like Natercia feed their children and their villages but the Australian Government can do more. Sign the petition to call on the Australian Government to increase aid to those most in need. Growing up with two younger sisters and two […]

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Strikes, Spookytown, and a traumatic exit from feudalism

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In the Western Cape, scenic is an understatement: lush vineyards festooned with bougainvillea at the feet of colossal bare rock escarpments; dinky, opulent colonial towns – all church spires and verandahs and 4×4s. Perfectly asphalted roads, the infrastructure of modern ag – sprinklers, trucks, tourism (wine tasting, restaurants), a vision of plenty. But where are […]

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The female food heroes of Indonesia – part 4

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  HELP SAVE LIVES Right now Oxfam is responding to emergencies around the world, including the recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. Donate now The disaster, the muazin and the fried grasshopper By Juan Martorana – blogging from Indonesia This post should be titled “disasters”, plural, not disaster, singular. The last couple of days have […]

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The state of food insecurity in the world

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012 presents new estimates of undernourishment based on a revised and improved methodology. The new estimates show that progress in reducing hunger during the past 20 years has been better than previously believed, and that, given renewed efforts, it may be possible to reach the MDG hunger […]

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Natasha Stott Despoja with Awa in one of her fields. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Making a difference in Burkina Faso

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In a video blog she recorded while in Burkina Faso for Oxfam recently, former Democrats leader Natasha Stott Despoja describes her visit to Koutoula Yarce village, where she saw a cash-for-work program in action and met an amazing woman called Awa.

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Kadija Hamsoou and her son Haruna, collecting household items in Niamey, Niger. Photo: Louise Mooney/OxfamAUS

West Africa: a long-term plan

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Louise Mooney is the humanitarian program coordinator for Oxfam Australia’s Africa unit, and is currently in Niger to see how our response to the West Africa food crisis is unfolding. Here, she reports from her first full day in Niamey.

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Andrew and Natasha meet some women who have benefited from Oxfam's cash-for-work program. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Reflections from Burkina Faso

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Oxfam Australia’s ED Andrew Hewett reflects on his experiences in Burkina Faso: the scenes he’ll never forget, the people he met, and their need for our solidarity during these extremely trying times.

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Muntu Valdo, musician, Cameroon. Photo: Charlotte Wales/Oxfam

“We are all African”

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Some of African most talented musicians, actors and writers have joined forces in support of West Africa, writing a public letter urging world leaders to support the region with emergency aid and long-term investment.

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Damon Albarn and Afel Bocoum perform together in Bamako. Photo: Simon Phipps/Oxfam

Damon Albarn unplugged in Mali for Oxfam

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Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn has joined forces with Malian musician Afel Bofoum and Oxfam to raise awareness of the West Africa food crisis via the universal medium of music.

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Dispatch from Dakar: our woman in West Africa

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Oxfam Australia’s media coordinator for international projects and emergencies, Chee Chee Leung, has just landed in West Africa, and has filed her first dispatch from the field – Dakar, Senegal, to be precise.

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Gertruida and Roseline bring songs of hope to WA

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For two stormy  winter days in Perth we were visited by two extraordinary women from South Africa on a whirlwind tour of the country visiting politicians, speaking to the media and being at the centre of public events for the both the GROW and Make Poverty History campaigns. Roseline Presence and Gertruida Barman’s inspiring stories […]

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First national conference on women’s rights to land in Sierra Leone

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by Oxfam intern Jarrod Strauch Sierra Leone has held its first ever national conference on women’s property and land rights, bringing together over 160 participants to develop new strategies in fighting the denial of basic rights to Sierra Leone’s women. The conference, held between 6-8 June at the YWCA of Sierra Leone, brought together 100 […]

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Gertruida Baartman. Photo: Matthew Willman/OxfamAUS

Meet Collette, Gertruida and Roseline at the Collingwood Children’s Farmers’ Market

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As part of the Challenging the Hunger Myths speakers’ tour, Oxfam will be presenting the Land is Life photographic exhibition with guest speakers from the Women on Farms Project in South Africa at Collingwood Children’s Farmers’ Market this Saturday.

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Photo: Andy Hall/Oxfam

Millions at risk in the Sahel food crisis

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The food crisis in West and Central Africa’s Sahel region is threatening more than 18 million people. It’s an overwhelming figure, but our new infographic shows who’s affected, where – and why.

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