Food and livelihoods

Livelihoods are the ways that people make a living – it’s about reliable and permanent sources of food, income and employment.

Secure livelihoods mean a secure future for people and their families, and the chance to live with hope, rather than fear for the future.

Over two-thirds of the three billion people who live in poverty currently rely on small-scale agriculture for their food and wages. Millions of others depend on wages for their income. To make ends meet, families living in poverty often have to rely on seasonal agricultural labouring, domestic work, or remittances from family members migrating for work.

Oxfam’s livelihoods programme seeks to help people in poverty have a sustainable livelihood, including making a decent living, living in a safe environment, with adequate housing, clean water, and sufficient food.

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