Natasha Stott Despoja with Awa in one of her fields. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Making a difference in Burkina Faso

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In a video blog she recorded while in Burkina Faso for Oxfam recently, former Democrats leader Natasha Stott Despoja describes her visit to Koutoula Yarce village, where she saw a cash-for-work program in action and met an amazing woman called Awa.

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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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Fara, a widowed mother of nine, who Louise met in Niamey. Photo: Louise Mooney/OxfamAUS

Rain and hope in Niger

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On her second day in Niger, Oxfam’s Louise Mooney wakes up to much-needed rain, and meets one of Oxfam’s beneficiaries, widowed mother-of-nine Fara, who tells her, “May God help the people of Australia for helping us”.

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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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A new way of life in Ethiopia

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Imagine if the lifestyle your family had led for generations was on the verge of extinction. Would you cling determinedly to the old ways or would you bite the bullet and make whatever changes were necessary to survive? Herding families in the southern Ethiopian village of Melka Guba were forced to make this decision. Years […]

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Balcha with her family

Nine hectares of hope: irrigation in Ethiopia

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New agricultural know-how and a sense of community have turned Ethiopian widow Balcha’s life around. Despair has been replaced by hope and an unfamiliar sense of possibility…

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Photo: WASDA

Somalia famine hits farmers hard – but Oxfam project brings hope for the next harvest

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Agricultural communities in southern Somalia – the country’s grain basket – are being severely affected by the current drought, which has resulted in widespread failure of crops. But an Oxfam project is helping farmers get through this difficult time and providing hope for a better harvest in January.

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Photo: Lucy Brinicombe/Oxfam

The future of bee-keeping in Honduras

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Honduran bee-keeper German Garcia Lara is feeling the effects of climate change, as he struggles with increasingly unpredictable rain patterns, longer dry spells and warming temperatures that threaten the production of his hives.

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