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Small holder women farmers voice out their challenges

April 10th, 2014 Posted in English, Gender, Ghana, GROW Campaign | No Comments »
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Over 25 women farmers across Ghana attended to the event

On 21st March 2014, GROW campaign members with support from Oxfam celebrated this year’s International Women’s Day on the theme “Everyone can be an advocate: inspiring change for small holder women farmers’ advancement.  ” The event was attended by over  25 women farmers from across Ghana, representatives from INGOs, Civil Society representatives, public and private media, Members of Parliament, officials from the Women in Agriculture Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

Some small holder women farmers voiced out their frustration when Oxfam together with partners created a platform for them to meet the Parliamentary Select Committees on Gender, Food Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs. The women explained the difficulties they go through to access the basic inputs and equipment needed to improve their yields. Continue »

Promote market based interventions in areas with vulnerable livelihoods in Niger and Liberia

April 8th, 2014 Posted in Livelihoods | No Comments »

At the start of 2014, the highlights of our livelihoods and private sector programmes have been training activities on analysis of the value chain and mapping of markets, followed by their practical applications in the projects underway in Niger and Liberia. In these two countries, our Oxfam teams, as well as our partners and State structures, have strengthened their competences and laid the foundations for their interventions to transition from a short term humanitarian hand out approach to one that facilitates fair trade relations for the most impoverished and for women, so as to guarantee them sustainable access to agricultural services and markets.

Our programmes, although in two different sub-regional zones: the Sahel and the coastal area of West Africa, face the same challenges in adopting this facilitation approach that promotes innovation but takes into account the realities of production systems and the results of the value chain analysis. Thus, apart from the particularities of the target sectors of lowland rice in Liberia and market gardening in Niger, it has been shown that in these two countries: Continue »

La santé et l’éducation, des armes puissantes contre les inégalités dans le monde

April 3rd, 2014 Posted in Campagnes, Français, inégalités, Santé, Services essentiels | No Comments »

Ibrahim Billi and his cousin with their faces painted.

L’accès aux services publics augmenterait le revenu potentiel des plus pauvres à hauteur de 76 %

 Dans un nouveau rapport publié aujourd’hui, Oxfam affirme que les États peuvent dès à présent réduire les inégalités en injectant un « stimulus économique » directement dans les poches de celles et ceux qui en ont le plus besoin. Pour cela, ils doivent investir davantage dans des services publics tels que la santé et l’éducation.

 Ce rapport, intitulé « Au service de la majorité », souligne que les services publics comme la santé et l’éducation occupent une place centrale dans la lutte contre les inégalités. Ces services bénéficient à tous les membres de la société, surtout aux plus démuni-e-s.

Citant une étude de l’OCDE, Oxfam rappelle que pour les ménages les plus pauvres, la valeur de l’ensemble des services publics dont ils bénéficient équivaut en moyenne à 76 % de leurs revenus après impôt. Dans les pays pauvres comme dans les pays riches, les budgets consacrés à ces services peuvent contribuer à faire reculer les inégalités de 10 à 20 %. C’est pourquoi les coupes opérées dans ces services à travers le monde sont si catastrophiques. Continue »

Health and education are powerful weapons in the fight against global inequality

April 3rd, 2014 Posted in Campaigns, Education, English, essentials services, Health | No Comments »

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Countries can start tackling inequality today by triggering an “economic stimulus” directly into the pockets of those who need it most – by investing more in public services like health and education, says Oxfam.

In a report today “Working for the Many”, Oxfam says that public services such as the provision of health and education are among the strongest weapons to use in the mix against global inequality. They benefit everyone in society but the poorest most of all. Continue »

Burkina Faso: “Without Oxfam I would never have achieved my dreams”, Mariam Nana, president of the women rice processors of Bagré

March 27th, 2014 Posted in Burkina Faso, English, Governance | No Comments »

Mariam NANA, présidente des femmes étuveuses de riz de Bagré , élévée au rang de chevalier de l’ordre de mérite nationalFor women around the world the 8th of March is a special day, but for Mariam Nana, president of the Union Konnanet of women rice processors of Bagré, March 8th 2014 was of particular significance. Indeed, on that day she was elevated to the rank of knight of the national order of merit by the government of Burkina Faso. This distinction was the crowning glory for the fighting spirit of this mother aged 34 who has forged her own destiny and moreover helped to transform the lives of 460 other rice processors. Continue »

Vaincre la faim en Afrique de l’Ouest grâce au commerce

March 25th, 2014 Posted in Moyens de subsistance, Nutrition et sécurité alimentaire | No Comments »

DAKAR, 24 mars 2014 (IRIN) – Les graves pénuries alimentaires qui frappent le Sahel et l’Afrique de l’Ouest sont souvent dues à des sécheresses et de mauvaises récoltes. Mais l’inefficacité du commerce régional met elle aussi à rude épreuve l’approvisionnement alimentaire et accentue le problème de la faim.

Le mauvais état des routes et des voies ferrées, les coûts de transaction élevés, le manque d’informations suffisantes sur les marchés, l’incohérence des politiques commerciales mises en place par les gouvernements et les obstacles bureaucratiques sont autant de freins au commerce en Afrique de l’Ouest. D’après les experts, les procédures d’importation et d’exportation sont plus coûteuses et chronophages en Afrique de l’Ouest que dans n’importe quelle autre région du monde.  Continue »

Trading away West Africa’s hunger

March 25th, 2014 Posted in CAR | No Comments »

DAKAR, 20 March 2014 (IRIN) – Severe food shortages in the Sahel and West Africa are often the result of droughts and poor harvests. But inefficient intra-regional trade also places significant strain on food availability, exacerbating hunger.

Poor roads and railways, high transaction costs, lack of sufficient market information, incoherent trade policies by governments and bureaucratic hurdles are among limitations to free trade in West Africa. Import and export procedures are more costly and more time consuming in West Africa than any region of the world, experts say. Continue »

Burkina Faso:« Sans Oxfam, je n’allais jamais réaliser mon rêve»Mariam Nana, présidente des femmes étuveuses de riz de Bagré

March 24th, 2014 Posted in Burkina Faso, Burkina Faso, Français, Moyens de subsistance | No Comments »

Mariam NANA, présidente des femmes étuveuses de riz de Bagré , élévée au rang de chevalier de l’ordre de mérite national

Si pour les femmes du monde entier, la journée du 8 mars est exceptionnelle, pour Mariam Nana, présidente de l’Union Konnanet des femmes étuveuses de riz de Bagré, celle de 2014 a été historique. En effet, ce jour, elle a été élevée au rang de chevalier de l’ordre de mérite national par l’Etat Burkinabè. Une distinction qui est venue couronner la combattivité de cette mère de famillede 34 ans qui a su forger son destin et surtout contribuer à transformer la vie de 460 autres étuveuses.

Rien pourtant ne semblait destiner un parcours si exceptionnel à  cette jeune rurale qui naquit à 45kilomètres de Tenkodogo, dans la Région du Centre-Est du Burkina Faso et qui fut contrainte de renoncer aux études après le Certificat d’études primaires par manque de quoi payer les frais de scolarité. Continue »

Most people in Sierra Leone can’t access pure drinking water.

March 19th, 2014 Posted in English, Sierra Leone | No Comments »
In Sierra Leone, most people can't access pure drinking water.

In Sierra Leone, most people can’t access pure drinking water.Credit:A Kamara

Saturday March 22nd is World Water Day on the theme ‘Water and Energy’.So let’s keep the water safe and remember ‘ ‘‘Water demanded in terms of water withdrawals is projected to increase by some 44 percent by 2050 due to growing demands from manufacturing, thermal power generation mainly from the expansion of coal and gas powered plants, agriculture and domestic use’. This is a big concern. Most people in Sierra Leone cant access pure drinking water.

Alpha Kamara

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Mali-A conference on gender-based violence to celebrate the women’s day

March 12th, 2014 Posted in English, Gender, Mali | No Comments »
Malian women celebrating IWD with Oxfam

Malian women celebrating IWD with Oxfam-credit:V Tremeau

More than 200 people gathered today at the Aoua Keita centre in Bamako participating in many activities organized by Oxfam and its partners, in order to celebrate “International Women’s Day” in Mali. Continue »