Debt: a noose around Somalia’s future

Full debt cancellation is the only way forward for Somalia, write Dustin Barter, Oxfam’s Senior Campaigns and Policy Manager in Somalia, and Mohamed A. Ahmed, Independent Debt Specialist. As the African Union Summit kicks off in Addis Adaba this week, Somalia remains swamped in debt, struggling to kick-start a more positive trajectory. Debt relief, a once hot topic (thanks Bono!), …

Imagining alternative futures

Programme Researcher, John Magrath, describes the process of applying ‘participatory scenario development’ to explore how Bangladesh might achieve zero hunger and zero carbon emissions by 2041. It is tempting to assume that the future will follow much the same trajectory as the past. Imagining alternative futures can be dismissed as dreaming, or science fiction. And if we do imagine the …

Influencing for food security in the South Caucasus

What strategies can be used to raise the voices of smallholder farmers so that food security policies reflect their needs? Shekhar Anand and Jacky Repila share learning from Oxfam’s national influencing work in the South Caucasus. Small holder farmers are some of the people most vulnerable to food insecurity in the South Casucasus. In Georgia 63 per cent of all …

Love in the drylands, how irrigation is changing lives in Zimbabwe

Climate change is placing increasing stress upon the livelihoods of people living in the world’s drylands. Smallholder irrigation can help improve food security in areas with unpredictable rainfall. Here Senior Researcher Martin Walsh discusses the findings from an evaluation of an Oxfam-supported irrigation scheme in Zimbabwe. Reports about irrigation schemes are typically quite dry compendia of facts and figures about intakes …

Research-into-Use for climate change adaptation

Sue Moore explains the use of Research-into-Use and explores what this means for researchers, practitioners and ultimately, those most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. ‘We want water, not research!’ exclaimed a woman attending a stakeholder engagement workshop in Southern Afar, Ethiopia in February 2016. Why indeed focus on research, when the immediate needs of much of the population …

Big food is improving but a transformation is needed

OPINION:  With the release of the latest Behind the Brands report, Erinch Sahan takes us through how the ‘Big 10’ food and beverage companies have progressed on their social and environmental policies and practices, whilst outlining the challenges ahead.  The captains of the food industry have come a long way over the last few years. The “Big 10”, the world’s 10 …

El Salvador: the struggle to survive El Niño

The global El Niño weather phenomenon is being exacerbated by climate change. The UN’s humanitarian agency predicts that in 2016 over 60 million people around the world will be affected by El Niño with impacts including extreme patterns of rain, drought, and cyclones. Here Humanitarian Communications Officer Elizabeth Stevens reports on the difficulties small-scale farming communities Oxfam supports in El …