Equal Right to a Secure and Sustainable Livelihood

Right to sustainable livelihoods in rural India hinges on sustainable management and governance of agriculture and natural resources as two-thirds of Indians live on farming, fisheries and forests.

Oxfam India delves into the cause of economic inequality with concrete solutions, giving equal access to natural resources for sustaining rural livelihoods.

Small Holder Agriculture

60% of India's agriculture is rain-fed. Additionally, the small holders face challenges like imperfect input market, lack of access to credit and technical know- how, unscientific cultivation practices, poor access to cold storage and warehouses for product storage, in addition to the poor land quality, water management and soil erosion.

Oxfam India focuses on strengthening economic
leadership and land rights of women farmers through
central government schemes.


Small and marginal farmers have increased access to government schemes

30-35 % income enhancement per family per annum in Uttarakhand

Climate resilient agricultural model promoted with more than 1,200 farmers in Uttarakhand and Odisha

1,150 farmers adopted
alternative livelihood options

More than 11,580 land applications have been processed for women farmers

Women play a vital role in food production and preparation with a wealth of
knowledge about seeds, crops, water and land management. However, women
in agriculture are still awaiting an equal status on land and access to agricultural
resources or the produce from the fields they sow.

If given equal access to productive resources,
women could yield 20-30% more than men,
who work for 1,860 hours in a crop season V/s
women who work for 3,300 hours

Only 5% of current agricultural extension efforts and resources are directed to women in India

17 crore rural female workers are in agriculture, while only 12.7% of these women own land.


Around 6000 men agreed to share their land with their spouses as joint land title

More than 600 landless women farmers now have increased access to land and livelihood through collective farming group

Fodder cultivation with 2500 families for reduction of drudgery of women farmers


Natural Resource Management

The Richest or the Poorest?

Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh are the most abundant
regions in coal, iron ore, bauxite and chromite, accounting to 80% to 90% share, But they
are also home to the poorest in the country

Oxfam India's efforts have helped in marginalising economic disparity and restore the harmony between nature and man.

Photo exhibition organised on September 11, 2014 by Oxfam India with Amity University to sensitise youth, media and other stakeholders ABOUT WOMEN FARMER'S contribution in agriculture.

National and State level Capacity Building Workshop on women farmer's concerns and women land rights in June 2014.

State media workshop on land rights for women by Oxfam India and Landesa in Patna

Three sensitisation workshops were organised on land rights for women and their concerns in Jamia University and Miranda School, Delhi University

Women farmers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar participated in South Asia Women Farmers Forum held in Nepal

Oxfam India Raipur office organized a Media Interface on Forest Rights Act in Chhattisgarh on June 18, 2014 to share and discuss the status of Forest Rights Act and its relevance to the forest.

Food & Climate Justice

Right To Food

Hunger is one of the primary challenges India is facing today. Unsustainable ways of consumption and production are moving us on a collision course with our planet's ecological limits. The warning signs are clear, we have entered the age of crisis; of spikes in food prices and hikes in oil prices; of scrambles of land and water; of creeping insidious climate change.

Oxfam India delves into the cause of economic
inequality with concrete solutions, giving equal access
to natural resources for sustaining rural livelihoods.

1/3rd of world's malnourished children live in India

59% children are stunted

Around 74% of the population does not
have access to the prescribed 2,400
calories per day

Only 39 out of 86 tonnes of food grains reach the card holder's households through the Public Distribution system

The Oxfam India GROW campaign builds upon an exciting and ambitious worldwide campaign where everyone has enough to eat, always. The campaign has a simple message 'Another Future Is Possible' and it promotes growth for all. It looks for shared solutions for a better future.

Global scale studies project that India could face worsening food security over the next 40 years

Those least responsible for climate change face
the hardest impacts

Seasons may become warmer by around 2°C By 2030

Projections indicate a 3% to 7% increase in summer monsoon rainfall by 2030, leading to crop destruction and flash floods

Oxfam India's network partners Mines, Minerals and People had their executive council meeting on December 9 and 10, 2015 in Delhi to discuss the revised Mining Bill, 2011.

Two day workshop on June 25 and 26 organised in Lucknow by Oxfam India, Beyond Copenhagen, Pairvi and CECOEDECON to equip Civil Society Organisations on the knowledge and process aspects of climate change advocacy.

Oxfam India's campaign partner Ekta Parishad conducted a nation wide yatra and public hearing from November 18 to December 11 with Baiga tribal community to advocate their issues on implementation of FRA and Schedule Tribes Atrocities Act.

Two day capacity building event on climate change was organised in Lucknow on June 25 and 26 for partners as well as Oxfam India staff to develop a deeper insight on climate change issues and the role of different stakeholders in addressing the issues.

Seema has been farming for ages. Today she gets to be called a farmer.

Seema Devi belongs to the Mushar caste under the Mahadalit community in Bihar. Apart from being poor, the Mushars had to endure extreme discrimination in the society. Seema worked as a small farmer and wage labourer but owing to social bias, remained landless. On top of that, the government and the society, denied her the status of a ‘farmer’.

Oxfam India mediated and encouraged Seema to lead Mahila Kisan Samiti and start collective farming by taking land on lease. The group of women who joined Seema received guidance and training support by ATMA (Agricultural Technology Management Agency). Needless to say, Seema's efforts paid off and she has not only been given the status of a ‘farmer’ but also enjoys the benifits of agriculture and other social security schemes.