: Idrissa Ouedraogo is a farmer in the North Central region of Burkina Faso. His millet, maize and bean crops have dried up due to the lack of rainfall, and his animals no longer have anything to graze on. Credit: Cissé Amadou/ Oxfam
We urgently need to rethink how the world feeds its people. Our unequal global food system is unsustainable for people and planet. In West Africa, we are currently facing the worst food crisis in a decade, with 27 million people going hungry. This number could rise to 38 million – an unprecedented...
Village of Louda -Burkina Faso. Alizeta Sawadogo is a farmer. She is 55 years old, widow and mother of 8 children. Credit: Samuel Turpin/ Oxfam
Responding to news of the $4.5 billion pledge made by the G7 leaders to tackle global hunger, Max Lawson, Head of Inequality Policy at Oxfam said: “Faced with the worst hunger crisis in a generation, the G7 have simply failed to take the action that is needed. Many millions will face terrible...
New analysis by Oxfam finds that 13 out of the 15 IMF loan programs negotiated during the second year of the pandemic require new austerity measures such as taxes on food and fuel or spending cuts that could put vital public services at risk. The IMF is also encouraging six additional countries to...
Tantanon*cooking in the commune of Tori, neighborhood of Aklome in the south of Benin. Credit : Alokpa Kodjovi / Oxfam
While West African governments’ indifference towards inequality would be a tragedy at any time, it is more so during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is worsening inequality. In 2021, when COVID-19 infections are rising in West Africa, the critical support health and socioeconomic programmes put in...
The Sahel superheroes: these African activists who fight against inequalities on a daily-basis.
In Mali, Niger and Chad, there is no shortage of adversities, but Kadiatou, Younoussi, Salim, Yasmine, Fousseyni and many other anonymous heroes demonstrate to us every day that we can face them.
Peter Akmtter is a construction worker on one of the high-rise buildings shooting up in Ghana’s capital, Accra. He and many of the workers live with their families in makeshift houses on or close to the building-sites. Photo: Lotte Ærsøe/Oxfam
Oxfam in West Africa, July 9, 2019 - Oxfam's Commitment to Reduce Inequality (CRI) Index shows that West African governments are the least engaged across the continent in terms of reducing inequality. If they do nothing to radically strengthen their commitment to reduce inequality, the crisis is...
West African governments are least engaged in reducing inequality in Africa
Oxfam in West Africa, July 9, 2019 – Oxfam in West Africa and Development Finance International are launching the first-ever Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index (CRII) regional report. The index measures, compares and ranks West African governments’ commitment on 3 pillars: public spending,...
Fatoumata, a women herder in Burkina Faso, fights daily against the effects of climate change and imports of milk powder which reduce the demand for her local milk. Credit: Pablo Tosco / Oxfam
Oxfam in West Africa, 3 July 2019. As massacres and violence intensify in the Sahel, so does the urgency of a response from the states of the region and the international community that prioritizes the fight against inequality.
All West African countries are among the 30 poorest in the world (except Ghana)
Oxfam in West Africa, Dec. 9, 2019 – All West African countries, with exception of Ghana, are among the 30 poorest countries in the world, according to the latest Human Development Report (HDR) which this year focuses on inequality.
The 22 richest men in the world have more wealth than all the women in Africa
Oxfam in West Africa, Jan. 20, 2020. The world’s 2,153 billionaires have more wealth than the 4.6 billion people who make up 60 percent of the planet’s population, reveals a new global report from Oxfam today ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.


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