It is amazing to see how women in Indonesia are showing the way in ensuring their families’ and communities’ food security amid the challenges brought by climate change. The distance they have had to overcome makes their achievements even more inspiring.
To mark the first anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, Oxfam looked into Asian government policies on disaster risk reduction and climate change. The research focused on policies as these embody governments’ commitments and serve to direct strategy, planning and investment. It is also one of the best ways to assess governments’ accountability for their actions on climate change.
When Jumiati began to plant mangrove seedlings in her coastal village of Sei Ngalawan in North Sumatra, she did not envision that it would change the life of the community, helping local fishermen and providing extra income for their families. It started when Jumiati found herself in reduced circumstances marrying her fisherman husband. He would go for two days before bringing back the catch of the day.
Oxfam Press Release
Jembrana (Bali) 28 August 2014
Jembrana (Bali), Oxfam welcomes and supports the Bali International Cocoa Festival in order to boost and support the livelihoods and welfare of small holders producing cocoa in Indonesia. The event starts today and will run until August 30, 2104 and is being held in Jembrana, Bali Province.
Suparjiye: From Gossiping Women to Organic Farmers
When Suparjiyem, 52, formed her women’s group in Wareng Village in Gunung Kidul district, Yogyakarta, she only wanted to give something to do to the women in the community who often spent their free afternoon gossiping.
The closure of the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) last week in Bangkok is the next big step for global and regional work toward the 3rd World Conference on DRR to be held in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015. The Asia-Pacific region has, over the past few years, borne 80 percent of the global losses resulting from disasters.
By Winnie Byanyima.
Two major injustices – inequality and climate change – are threatening to undermine the efforts of millions of people to escape poverty and hunger. By concentrating wealth and power in the hands of a few, inequality robs the poorest people of the support they need to improve their lives. And as climate change devastates crops and livelihoods, it undoes poor people’s efforts to feed their families.