A taste of honey – reaching marginalised women in Ethiopia

At Oxfam, much like Hannibal from 1980s cult classic, the A-Team we love it when a plan comes together, which is why we are so pleased that our research into Women’s Collective Action (WCA) has revealed that NGO interventions really can make all the difference when trying to reach the most marginalised women and households. At first glance, the honey sector in …

Can smallholder women farmers feed the world?

Women farmers produce more than half of all food worldwide and currently account for 43 percent of the global agricultural labour force. (Source: UN Food and Agriculture Organization) In an earlier blog, I highlighted the potential of smallholder producers to be a part of the solution to the food crisis facing the planet. A crisis that is exacerbated by inaction to reach …

What’s your vision for the future of agriculture?

Forecasts indicate world food production must grow at least fifty per cent by 2050, to feed a population of nine billion people. But can this be done in a way that eradicates hunger, preserves the environment, and ensures farming is an attractive and viable career path? Following on from the recent lively discussion on Making the Food System Work for …

Casiguran march for justice: farmers walk to oppose ‘legalised land grabbing’

120 farmers, fisherfolk and indigenous peoples from Casiguran in the Philippines are currently marching to Manila in hopes of drawing attention to a new development, which they describe as ‘legalised land grabbing.’ Although the Philippines has enacted laws that are supposed to secure tenurial rights for small-scale farmers, fishers and indigenous peoples, the sorry state of asset reform law implementation continues to …

Smallholders must be part of the solution to the food crisis

A food production crisis is facing the planet, but smallholder farmers could offer a significant part of the solution, says Colin McQuistan.  “One of the most fateful errors of our age is the belief that ‘the problem of production’ has been solved.” E.F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered The global food system is close to breaking …

Seasonality is back in season

“Seasonality” has re-emerged as a topic in development after a long lull – but will it gain more traction this time round? Seasonality is the observation that rural livelihoods in developing countries undergo regular, predictable, and often massive, changes according to the pattern of the seasons. In particular, the annual rains bring about – or bring to a peak – …