Food justice

In Senegal, a system set up by Oxfam provides small scale farmers with access to insurance and a savings and credit system. Credit : Chris Hufstader / Oxfam

In Senegal, Oxfam has set up a system that allows small-scale women farmers like Aissatou Konde, 55, to have access to insurance, saving and credit. Credit: Chris Hufstader / Oxfam

Adapting to climate change and fight for food justice

In West Africa, agriculture remains the main source of income and food security for the majority of households, accounting for up to 60% of the workforce. However, the sector remains poorly supported, and vulnerable to the devastating impacts of climate change. In the Sahel, temperatures rise 1.5 times faster than the global average, making it the region of the world that has experienced the largest increase in chronic hunger in the last 11 years.

We believe that food security in the region can be achieved by assisting family farms, and especially women and young people, move out of subsistence farming, be more resilient to shocks, adopt ecological methods, and even become competitive economic actors able to supply their own markets and create employment.

We also believe that food security is a matter of justice and rights that must be brought into the political arena. We give voice to communities and civil society organizations to claim the rights of family farms, women and the youth to better access to resources, markets, and social protection.

A better positioning of family farms in the food system and more resilience to climate change are key to breaking the hunger cycle and reducing poverty.