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Life can change for small-scale farmers like Halima

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 […] Read more »

Ending hunger: the women of Lembata

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 […] Read more »

GROW Challenge #5: Watch your Waste

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 […] Read more »

Avoiding waste in the kitchen

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 […] Read more »

Putting food on the table

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 […] Read more »

Strikes, Spookytown, and a traumatic exit from feudalism

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 […] Read more »

The female food heroes of Indonesia – part 4

  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 […] Read more »

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 […] Read more »
Natasha Stott Despoja with Awa in one of her fields. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Making a difference in Burkina Faso

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. Read more »
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. Read more »