Rising temperatures will push millions of people in Africa into poverty and hunger unless governments take swift action


(Source: Oxfam | 5 years ago)

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Esther lives in Goziir, Northern Ghana with her husband and two children. She is seven months pregnant. Esther used to be unemployed, but she is now part of Oxfam’s Farmer Field School and is now successfully growing soya beans. Her new income means she can help provide food for her family, pay her children’s school fees and buy clothes for her children. “I have experienced hunger. There have been times when I have had grains for example maize, but not enough money to grind the maize. Sometimes we don’t have enough grains. We have no alternative foods. I have been hungry and sometimes don’t have food for a few days. When we don’t have food there is no happiness in our home. Everyone is sad. We say prayers. What can we do? We have to live, so we have to find a way out. I’m very happy I have been able to do this. I dedicated my time. Every Tuesday – rain or shine. The project helped us plough our land. They supported us with pesticide spray. At the field school we learned how to spray pesticides. The field officers showed us how to measure the pesticide and prevent infestations. They came to inspect our farms and helped us through the process of harvesting. I’m happy it has helped us a lot. We are happy to be farmers – it’s what we know. Oxfam project last year meant that I could harvest. I could buy clothes and pay school fees.” Credit: Adam Patterson/Oxfam (Source: Oxfam | 5 years ago)

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Mary lives in Goziir, Northern Ghana with her husband and six family members. Mary has benefitted from Oxfam’s projects to help small-scale farmers increase their crop yields, build energy efficient stoves and have access to small loans. “From June onwards it is the hunger season. Survival is all about foresight and management. You must economise your grains. When you don’t harvest enough you must sell your assets. We know how to economise. We are still working. In our house we have food. If we are happy we are engaged with our activities. We get along well as a community. The women in this community are unified: we are united. We understand we need to help each other.” CREDIT : Adam Patterson/Oxfam (Source: Oxfam | 5 years ago)