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Access to Land, Inclusive Value chains and Empowerment (ALIVE)

Oxfam aims to contribute to profound and lasting change, at a far greater scale, in the lives of people living with poverty and injustice. Becoming a Worldwide Influencing Network is one way to achieve this aim. Within Oxfam Novib the thematic unit of Food, Land and Climate (TU-FLC) contributes to the overall goals of “Sustainable Food Systems” and “Fair sharing of natural resources.” The ALIVE team is one of the three teams in this unit. The acronym refers to Access to Land, Inclusive Value chains and Empowerment. This team collaborates on three flagship programmes within the Right to Food programme with the two other teams: Land Rights, Sustainable Value Chains, and Climate Resilience. In the Right to Food programme the following activities are conducted.

Regarding the land rights programme, Oxfam Novib leads the Oxfam Global land programme. This brings together all Oxfam work at the community, national and international levels in protecting and securing land rights for sustainable development. With actions spread across more than 30 countries, supported with international advocacy, policy engagement, and campaigns, it aims to achieve impact at all levels for equitable and just land rights. Key topics addressed are: women’s land rights, indigenous peoples land rights, land and inequality, business and community, the right to speak out loud, and “more than land”.

In the Right to Food Value Chain work the ALIVE team focusses firstly on strengthening capacities of Oxfam country teams and their partners to influence the private sector. This is done via training workshops, support in programme and project development, provision of lessons learned and tools, as well as mentoring.  We use a multi-faceted” approach: combining a variety of approaches and tools for maximum impact. This ranges from advocating respect for human rights by all business with governments and international institutions, to insider dialogues with companies and multi-stakeholder initiatives, to public campaigns, as well as to direct partnerships for development and testing of innovative and scalable practices with frontrunning companies. Secondly it works with the country teams and partners to achieve systemic change in agriculture by sector sustainability initiatives such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, Sustainable Rice Platform, Aquaculture Stewardship Council and World Benchmarking Alliance

Capacity strengthening on Private Sector Engagement (PSE): the Oxfam International wiki on “learning and knowledge sharing”  

This overview contains a variety of knowledge sharing possibilities

  • an induction webinar: how to start PSE
  • knowledge library: approaches, best practices and tools for PSE
  • knowledge boosters: webinar recordings on various PSE topics
  • how to find Oxfam PSE experts
  • Reports of Oxfam PSE capacity strengthening workshops: in Asia, English speaking and French speaking African countries, in Latin America

In the Right to Food Climate Resilience programme we work on building resilient capacities in selected countries, e.g. by promoting the voice of local actors in adaptation planning. In addition, we work to advocate with national and international actors in order to ensure that adaptation processes are inclusive and that costs and benefits of adaptation are equitably shared. 

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