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Oxfam has teamed up with Good Books to offer readers a very simple deal: every time you buy from Good Books, all the profit goes directly to fund Oxfam projects worldwide.

The Good Books model is unique – and simple. Online book buyers are asked to do no more than just buy the titles they want through Good Books. All retail profits are then given to Oxfam to help in the fight against poverty and injustice. There is no mark-up and delivery is free worldwide.

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Supporting Small Farmers in Ethiopia

Oxfam Canada is improving food security and promoting economic growth in a poor rural area of northwestern Ethiopia where most families are almost exclusively dependent on subsistence farming.

The Benishangul Gumuz Food Security and Economic Growth Project aims to improve the food security and economic well-being of vulnerable people and will directly benefit 127,000 individuals.  

Crops and livestock are the major livelihood sources for the rural communities where Oxfam Canada works in Ethiopia. Grains (corn, sorghum and millet), seed crops (like sesame) and vegetables are grown for both home consumption and as a source of cash.  Similarly, goats, sheep and chickens provide food and can be sold in the market. To supplement their diet and when times are tough, people also harvest and eat wild fruits and tubers from the forests.  

Household economic security is thus dependent on the level of productivity of crops and livestock which is typically low and variable because of limited access to improved varieties of seeds or veterinary services, and risks such as drought, hailstorms and pest infestations.

Women producers have even less access to improved agricultural techniques, lower levels of literacy and far higher workloads than their husbands due to significant household responsibilities. In addition, women’s health and well-being is also impacted by traditional practices such as food taboos (like not eating eggs), female genital mutilation and the local practice of women giving birth alone in the forest.

Oxfam works to unlock the potential for increased agricultural productivity, improved links to markets and the increased economic and social empowerment for women.

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Supported by Oxfam Canada

 

Mano's Story

Oxfam's partnership with Women in Business Development Incorporated (WIBDI) has been helping families transform the abundant coconut into a high value, export quality virgin coconut oil. Increase incomes are having a community-wide impact.

Mano Lami lives in Siumu village on Samoa's southern coast. Before she joined the WIBDI programme she earned nothing from her family's huge coconut farm. They used to produce copra but the income was too low so they stopped. A neighbour told them about WIBDI's coconut oil production and since signing up they have not looked back since.

Mano extracts the coconut flesh from the nut and dries and weighs it before it is placed into oil press machines, which use pressure to squeeze valuable oil from the flesh. The oil is then prepared for shipment to the UK, where it is processed for use in The Body Shop range.

"We now earn a lot from our production. From the income we earned we have managed to extend our house and build two garages.

"We can also afford to pay our electricty bills as well as paying our church donations, especially the very big annual one called the taulaga o Samoa.

"We used to rely on remittances from my children and relatives overseas to pay our bills and church donations, but this is no longer the case since we joined WIBDI, because now we have the money.

"The coconut oil project has done a lot for my family"

Supported by Oxfam New Zealand

 

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