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Oxfam is working towards a world where everyone has enough to eat and where women especially have the opportunity to earn a decent living.
Life is tough for millions of poor food producers, but the current economic crisis is hitting them particularly hard. Any fall in demand or rise in prices can mean the difference between eating every day or going hungry.
And it's women that are worst affected. Many women work the land or are employed in informal, casual work, so when things go wrong, they're the first to lose their jobs and go without when household budgets shrink.
In 2015/16, 270,000 people benefited from support to improve their crops, their goods or their services.
In 2015/16, we helped 125,000 producers negotiate better prices for their goods in more markets.
Support for poor communities during this economic crisis includes helping farmers get a fair price for their produce, campaigning against global trade rules that keep people in poverty, and supporting women's labour rights.
Women especially have the potential to lead the way in building businesses and tapping into local and global markets to increase their earning power.
We have also been pushing for the introduction of a Robin Hood Tax - a new 0.05% tax on banks directed to tackling poverty worldwide. However, our most ambitious campaign to date is GROW - a global campaign to fix the world's broken food system.
Oxfam's GROW campaign aims to transform the food system by establishing sustainable - and environmentally sound - agricultural production that will be able to feed a world population of 9 billion by 2050.
It also aims to address the huge inequalities that exist in the food system. Currently the world produces more food than we need, but nearly 1 billion people go without. And smallholder farmers, who comprise the majority of food producers, are denied the resources they need to thrive - water, land, technology and investment.
It's a campaign that seeks to bring about a shift in global government attitudes to food trade and finance. It focuses on small-scale farming in developing countries, and changing attitudes to the world's scarce resources for a fairer future.
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