With a population of over 160 million people, Nigeria is endowed with huge human and natural resources. However, more than 52 percent of the population lived in rural areas and more than 70% rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. Food and agriculture sector are affected in a major way by systematic and natural factors. Systemic factors include the socio-political dynamics that lead to lack of access to land and other natural resources especially by women who are most of food producers, and Natural factors include the climatic variations that compound existing problems in the food and agriculture sector. Wild weather and unpredictable seasons are changing what farmers can grow and are making people hungry.
Economic inequality in Nigeria has reached extreme levels, despite being the largest economy in Africa. Nigeria is not a poor country, yet millions are living in hunger. If proper managed, the country has an expanding economy with abundant human capital and the economic potential to lift millions out of poverty.
In recent times, Nigeria has experienced a growing and disturbing trend of domestic violence against women. According to World Health Organization (WHO), there is an alarming population of women who had or are experiencing physical or sexual violence or both by an intimate partner. Other social-cultural norms such as early child marriage, Female Genital Mutilation, and other abuses are some of the issues that hinder women and girl child development in Nigeria.
Oxfam’s work in Nigeria focuses primarily on improving livelihoods, women's rights, and good governance.
How we campaign
Oxfam campaigns side-by-side through our local partners with our supporters through online and off-line tools designed to change behavior and bad policy and practice. We use digital tools to mobilize supporters, raise awareness and call for joint action. Through campaigning, we promote the rights of local people, mitigate negative impacts of private investment, and promote socially and environmentally responsible business practices. So far, we support the international campaign team on GROW, Event It Up and the Violent Against Women campaigns.