“If I get enough water I really have a good farming season” - Sarah. Image: Cynthia Matonhodze/Oxfam

Sarah sits by the water at Nyanyadzi river, Chimanimani, Zimbabwe
Sarah sits by the water at Nyanyadzi river, Chimanimani, Zimbabwe

Our planet and its people

Tackling climate change

Climate change is threatening humankind and pushing people into poverty. While the climate crisis is affecting us all, it’s hitting some communities worse – and it’s the people who’ve done the least to cause it who are suffering the most.

To help tackle it, we're calling on governments to take bold action. That means urgently reducing their emissions. And significantly increasing finance to help communities around the world combat the effects of a changing climate.

Every day, together with volunteers and local partners, we support communities to stand up and speak out for their right to a fairer and greener future.

How Oxfam is helping people through climate change

  • Amina looks at the sky in Ethiopia

    We are responding fast to communities hit by climate change

    Extreme weather is destroying homes and wrecking lives. And it’s hitting the people who have done the least to cause the climate crisis. When disaster strikes, Oxfam, partners and volunteers get there fast, combatting the effects of weather events like floods and droughts, to save lives.

  • Birhan with leafy greens in the ground

    We are helping people adapt to climate change, today and tomorrow

    Innovations like drought-resistant seeds, reinforced homes, and training on how to grow new crops mean the people most at risk from the effects of climate change, but who are tasked with tackling climate change, can carry on living, earning and learning, whatever the future brings.

  • A portrait of Muhammad Siddique sitting outside a building

    We are holding the most powerful to account over climate change

    Governments and companies have promised to tackle the climate crisis and protect the people it hits hardest. We help make sure the people facing the climate crisis get the support they need to stop climate change from destroying their futures. And help hold the people in power to account.

Oxfam installed a weather station in Zimbabwe funded by ECHO project #ReadyToAct. Weather alerts by text message now help farmers to protect their homes and crops. Image: Cynthia Matonhodze/Oxfam

How your donations have helped support those impacted by climate change

  • Oxfam GB has directly reached 200,000 people through programmes related to climate justice.
  • In Pakistan, we are supporting farmers to reclaim fields damaged by salt water. And helping them get fresh water for their fields and for household use.
  • We are working in nine cities across four Asian countries supporting urban communities to combat climate change.
  • Cyclone Amphan hit areas of Bangladesh and India in 2020. Local partners were able to prepare by disinfecting cyclone shelters, and continuing efforts to stop the spread of disease.
  • Super Typhoon Rai hit the Philippines in 2021. Oxfam staff, partners and communities got 72,000 people access to food, water, hygiene kits, shelter, solar lights, and other essentials.

Irrigation for the future

In Nyanyadzi, Zimbabwe, farmers are challenged by climate change. They face repeated droughts and flash floods threatening harvest and crops.

With the United Nations Development Programme and the Southern Alliance for Indigenous Resources, Oxfam supported people to build gabions, which act as silt traps, and rehabilitate the irrigation scheme with the farmers of Nyanyadzi.

The Nyanyadzi river feeds a gravity-powered irrigation scheme. It is regulated by gates to control the water flow. More than 400 hectares of fields are irrigated, reaching over 720 farmers.

A Changing Climate

0.1%

Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan produce 0.1% of global emissions.

52%

The richest 10 percent of the world's population accounted for over half of the emissions added to the atmosphere between 1990 and 2015.

8x

The money needed to help people affected by extreme weather-related emergencies like floods or drought is eight times higher than 20 years ago.

Over-relying on planting trees and as-yet-unproven technology instead of genuinely shifting away from fossil fuel-dependent economies is a dangerous folly. We are already seeing the devastating consequences of climate delay.”

Nafkote Dabi, Climate Change Lead, Oxfam International

Fighting for climate justice

A lot has changed since I started farming. The rain now comes late. There is not enough water.”

Sarah in Zimbabwe.

Call for climate justice