From our staff
Shovcat Alizadeh, Oxfam's country director in Azerbaijan
I've worked at Oxfam for almost 18 years, leading the country office in Azerbaijan. It's a privilege to be part of an organisation that helps lift people out of poverty. Over the years, I've met women farmers who have been able to increase their income and build a better life for their families, and seen how our work is strengthening governance institutions and empowering communities.
My biggest success is seeing how strawberry production has grown from a small business to a big enterprise. It wasn't commercially viable due to low yields, short harvests and lack of agricultural skills. But since we've launched a new variety of strawberry called the Victoria and engaged with new markets, we've seen a positive impact on people's lives.
Full details of what Oxfam is doing in Azerbaijan (PDF, 293KB)
Oxfam's programme is managed by Oxfam's International Division.