Feminist leadership in action

Tamsin Smith interviews Damaris Ruiz, Yohanka Valdes, and Maritza Gallardo Lopez, from Oxfam’s Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) Regional Women’s Rights and Gender Justice group. They share five ways they are bringing feminist learning into the centre of our organization. Formed five years ago, the LAC Regional Women’s Rights and Gender Justice group comprises Oxfam staff and members of feminist …

Investors driving better quality jobs

Rachel Wilshaw, Oxfam GB’s Ethical Trade Manager, explains why investors are key to improving working conditions in global supply chains. At the World Economic Forum in January, an exchange between Oxfam’s Winnie Byanyima and the CFO of Yahoo went viral. Why? Because it highlights two contrasting views of job creation. For many business leaders, a low unemployment figure is a …

Are supermarket canned tomatoes now free from labour exploitation?

Tim Gore shares three key findings from Oxfam’s human rights impact assessment of the Italian processed tomato sector. There have been a range of media and NGO reports in recent years about endemic labour exploitation in the Italian tomato sector. But as Oxfam’s The People Behind the Prices, shows, while some progress has been made, many of the root causes …

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 …

Making markets work in fragile settings

Oxfam OPT’s Economic Justice team shares four lessons learned from their market system development (MSD) work with small-scale farmers in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territory affects 4.8 million Palestinians, nearly a quarter of whom live below the poverty line. Among other threats, at least 1.9 million Palestinians experience – or are at risk of …

Will business continue to feed climate change?

OPINION: As business representatives gather for a climate summit in London Irit Tamir explains why the food and beverage sector should play a prominent role in reducing global emissions. The Paris Agreement marked a major breakthrough in support for climate action from the business community, and later this week business leaders will gather in London for the Business and Climate …

Farming and food security: sharing learning from Colombia to Georgia

Sharing experiences with other country programmes can lead to strategic insights. Nino Edilashvili, Oxfam’s Food Security Programme Officer in Georgia, recently attended a conference in Colombia to learn about how large scale agriculture impacts on the livelihoods and food security of local communities there. Subsequently Colombian farmers attended an experience sharing event in Georgia. Here Nino reflects on some of …

Towards economic empowerment: together

Drawing on their experiences visiting Serbian cooperatives and businesses last March, Audrey Lejeune, Programme Learning Adviser, and Shekhar Anand, Regional Livelihood Development Lead, explain why bringing people together can lead to power in markets and sustainable economic improvements in smallholder agriculture. What does working together mean? Are two pair of hands better than one? Acting together can make a real …

Five issues the 2015 climate agreement needs to address

Small scale farmers in Asia and around the world are facing the stark reality of increasingly unpredictable weather patterns. What issues do agricultural communities identify as most important to address? Last week Janice Ian Manlutac described the impact that unpredictable and extreme weather patterns are having on the farmers in Asia; here she identifies the five key issues which the …