Oxfam Rice Event 2019
The Oxfam Rice Event is one of the biggest annual fundraising events organised by Oxfam Hong Kong. All funds raised will go to the Oxfam Smallholder Farmers Development Fund to support smallholder farmers in poor communities around the world as they face challenges like climate change, food shortages and poverty. In 2018, over 200 organisations and 4,000 volunteers showed these farmers their support by raising over HK$250 million.
Hong Kong: 11-12, 18-19 & 25-26 May (stalls on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon & New Territories; exact locations to be announced)
Macau: 18-19 May (20 stalls in Macau Peninsula and Taipa; exact locations to be announced)
Want to help out?
Volunteer registration for individuals/families
Registration will close when full
- Volunteers must be Hong Kong residents.
- Children under 14 must be accompanied by family or a guardian during the event.
- We will do our best to accommodate your request to volunteer at specific stall locations, but whether it is possible will depend on the situation.
- We will contact you at the end of April and update you with the event details.
- Each volunteer will receive an e-certificate within two months after the event.
For enquiries, please call 3120 5224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Limited edition Oxfam x Le Petit Prince Cutlery and Twinnings Tea set
Oxfam teamed up with Le Petit Prince this year to bring you the limited edition Oxfam x Le Petit Prince cutlery and Twinnings tea set. The cutlery set includes a cutlery wrap, a fork, spoon, wide smoothie straw and narrow straw, a cleaning brush and five Twinnings tea bags (flavours will vary from set to set).
For enquiries, please email email@example.com
Oxfam Rice Event 2018 Photo Albums
The World’s Smallholder Farmers
Nearly 90 per cent of the world’s 600 million farmer households are smallholder farmers who own small plots of land, and most of them live in the suburbs of developing countries; they use their land mostly for subsistence farming.
Currently, 800 million people go to bed hungry every night, but ironically, 80 per cent are smallholder farmers: fisherfolk, pastoralists and landless farmers who produce food. Because of their low incomes or the lack of training, smallholder farmers often only have access to outdated agricultural tools and technologies that are often inefficient and lead to low productivity.
Many smallholder farmers also lack market information, which often keeps them at a disadvantage in terms of trading, bargaining, etc. Many developing countries also attract investments from large companies, however, these often cause smallholder farmers to lose access to land, water, forests and other natural resources they rely on to make a living, which pushes them further into poverty. These challenges coupled with more intense and frequent droughts, floods, typhoons as well as the other impacts of climate change all severely hamper these farmers’ harvests and livelihoods.
Smallholder Farmers Development Fund
Besides mainland China, Oxfam has been working in developing countries in Asia and Africa to empower smallholder farmers to gain greater market access, improve food production, enhance their disaster preparedness and improve their ability to mitigate the adverse effects of disasters. We at Oxfam have also continued to urge governments to develop policies that are beneficial to smallholder farmers. We have established the Smallholder Farmers Development Fund to ensure smallholder farmers around the world have the necessary resources to improve their lives and, in the long run, lift themselves out of poverty.
How Oxfam empowers smallholder farmers around the globe We are：
Boosting agricultural productivity
- Providing smallholder farmers with microcredit so they can purchase high-quality seeds, fertilisers and small machinery to increase their incomes.
- Offering training in advanced farming and breeding techniques to increase the efficiency in agricultural production.
- Helping to install wells, irrigation systems and septic tanks, and building roads to improve daily life for smallholder farmers.
- Encouraging smallholder farmers to participate in projects and improving their organisational skills.
Improving smallholder farmers’ market access
- Assisting in the establishment of support groups and agricultural cooperatives to strengthen smallholder farmers’ collective bargaining power.
- Providing market information, accounting and information technology training, enabling smallholder farmers to master market trends.
Improving disaster preparedness and reducing the risks disasters pose
- Providing seeds that are more resilient to various disasters to protect smallholder farmers’ livelihoods.
- Providing disaster preparedness training and enhancing their ability to adapt to climate change.
- Assisting smallholder farmers to resume their normal lives and livelihoods as soon as possible after a natural disaster has occurred.
Carrying out advocacy work globally
- Lobbying governments to invest more resources in smallholder farmers, and enhancing public services like medical services, transportation and education.
- Promoting fair trade and preventing the exploitation of smallholder farmers so that they are paid a fair price.
- Advocating for the government to listen to smallholder farmers’ opinions and formulate policies that are favourable to them.
- Raise awareness about food justice and the challenges smallholder farmers face, and promoting the sustainable development of the world.
Let’s work together to improve the lives of even more vulnerable smallholder farmers!