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 6

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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 How the “less prosperous” farmers live By Juan Martorana – blogging from Indonesia In a country of 240 million people, in which 110 million are of working age, and 40 million […]

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The female food heroes of Indonesia – part 5

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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 Gotong Royong: the secret to a fast harvest By Juan Martorana – blogging from Indonesia So how does one female farmer harvest around 1,250sqm of rice in just two hours? “Gotong […]

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The female food heroes of Indonesia – part 2

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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 Oxfam Australia’s Juan Martorana – blogging from Indonesia Sixty-five per cent of Indonesia’s food is imported, including its main staple, rice. Over a series of events around Jakarta, the seven female […]

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The female food heroes of Indonesia – part 3

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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 Oxfam Australia’s Juan Martorana – blogging from Indonesia Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 4 So what have I learnt so far in Jakarta? Surprise, surprise: there is no one solution […]

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The female food heroes of Indonesia – part 1

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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 Oxfam Australia’s Juan Martorana – blogging from Indonesia How does a country with almost half the population living on less than $2 per day feed itself? I don’t know yet, but […]

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Call on Original Marines to end intimidation of factory workers

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Original Marines is facing international criticism for its ongoing failure to respect and uphold the rights of women and men making its products in Indonesia. Although the iconic Italian company claims to have ‘always helped families’, this has not been the experience of the families of workers who lost their jobs trying to improve working […]

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Seeds in women’s hands

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Seeds are the first link in the food chain. Yet women seed breeders are invisible in the industrial model of food production and in intellectual property regimes. The roots of food and gender justice lie in keeping seeds in women’s hands and recognizing women’s knowledge of biodiversity. Health and nutrition begin with food, and food […]

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Folders of interviewees at the RSS office, South Africa. Photo: Matthew Willman/OxfamAUS

Keeping them safe: building a community

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In part 2 of her interview, Yasmin tells us more about RSS’s work with refugee women, supporting them as they rebuild their confidence and find a place in their new communities.

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Kids absorbed in their colouring-in class at a home-based childcare centre, Durban. Photo: Gcina Ndwalane/OxfamAUS

Keeping them safe: how home crèches help

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So where did this genius idea to train refugee women in South Africa to run their own home-based creches come about? Oxfam partner Refugee Social Services. In this blog post, their director tells the story.

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Maria Loretha in a field of sorghum. Photo: Lara McKinley/OxfamAUS

Maria Loretha and the sorghum solution: part 1

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“Because they called me crazy, I wanted to prove their words were wrong.” In part one of a two-part interview, Maria Loretha talks about the challenges of going from being a big-city lawyer in Java to a small-scale sorghum farmer in Flores.

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West Africa food crisis: a powerful bond

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Oxfam America’s Elizabeth Stevens and Holly Pickett noticed a powerful force at work in this emergency when they were in Senegal recently: the bond between mothers and children.

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Asia, holding parandas (hair decorations) that she makes and sells. Photo: Jane Beesley/Oxfam

Craftwork: a tale of tassels, quilts, jewels and peace in Pakistan

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Two years after devastating floods caused widespread damage across Pakistan, we bring you this good-news story a tiny village finding its way back from disaster.

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Rekha Chandrakant Khandagale at work. Photo: Bipasha Majumder/OxfamIndia

A better life for Pune waste pickers

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Collecting other people’s rubbish and selling it for recycling is a way of life for many women in the Indian city of Pune. Rekha’s story reveals the immense challenges Pune’s waste pickers face on a daily basis – and how they’re fighting to improve their lives.

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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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Women from South African organisation 'Women on Farms' meet with GROW ambassador Julie Goodwin. Photo: Michael Myers/OxfamAUS

Challenging the hunger myths around NSW

Our South African guests, Colette, Roseline and Gertruida, continue their Australian speaking tour in Sydney, where they meet local food producers and chefs, while spreading the word about tackling hunger the sustainable way.

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With ABC’s 774 Drive Show host Rafael Epstein. Photo: OxfamAUS

Challenging the hunger myths around Victoria

Currently in Australia are three women from Oxfam partner organisation ‘Women on Farms Project’, based in South Africa. The women, Colette, Roseline and Gertruida, are here for two weeks to speak at a series of public events. Here are some highlights of their first week.

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L-R: Roseline Presence, Gertruida Baartman and Collette Solomon from the Women on Farms project. Photo: Michael Myers/OxfamAUS

Meet our South African guests in Western Australia

Join Oxfam on Thursday 14 June for the GROW Africa Night. Hear the stories from two exceptional women from the ‘Women on Farms Project’, South Africa.

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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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Sundaradevi holds two of her chickens. Photo: Tom Greenwood/OxfamAUS

Stopping hunger in Sri Lanka: Sundaradevi’s story (part 2)

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She survived the floods and stayed strong when her husband left her. She got her land back after her father-in-law mortgaged it, and now she provides for her family by growing SRI rice and breeding chickens. Little wonder that Sundaradevi feels “both strong and confident” these days. Interview by Marion Reid Can you describe your […]

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Stopping hunger in Sri Lanka: Sundaradevi’s story (part 1)

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This week, we introduce you to Alagaiah Sundaradevi, a single mother from the village of Dimbulagala. Unlike Chandrani and Indrani, Sundaradevi isn’t a home gardener (yet). Instead, she’s stopping hunger through SRI rice farming — an organic method of rice-growing that produces higher yields than the traditional method and is more resistant to flood and […]

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Stopping hunger in Sri Lanka: Indrani (part 2)

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In part two of her interview, Indrani talks about being her family’s primary breadwinner, encouraging other villagers to start their own home gardens, and the joys of raising chickens.

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Mother and daughter stoke climate change action in WA

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By sheer coincidence, a mother and daughter from the Western Australian town of Nannup have both organised ‘Land is Life’ exhibitions to raise awareness of the effects of climate change.

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Stopping hunger in Sri Lanka: Indrani (part 1)

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After surviving the tsunami and years of poverty, Indrani is now thriving, thanks to her involvement in our home gardening program. Her inspiring story of transformation starts here.

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