Jim French farmed and ranched full-time for twenty five years in south-central Kansas before joining the Oxfam America staff in 2005. He now serves as Oxfam's Senior Advocacy Advisor for Agriculture. He still manages a modest crop and livestock operation, writes occasionally for the regional agriculture press, and produces a monthly radio program for WIBW-AM.
This is the second in a series of blogs considering the options for and barriers to agricultural resiliency. Years ago I heard a banker say that if he had to choose between managing an agricultural loan portfolio made up of 20 mid-sized farms covering 10,000 acres or five large farms managing the same area, he would […]
This is the first in a series of blogs considering the options for and barriers to agricultural resiliency from the perspective of a US farmer. Last year, I wrote a Politics of Poverty blog on the drought that devastated my crops and range here in south-central Kansas and extended down through Oklahoma and Texas and […]
Oxfam has long argued that US cotton subsidies damage lives and livelihoods of smallholder farmers in developing countries at a high cost to American taxpayers(see also this study). Unfortunately, subsidies for US cotton producers included in the Senate Farm Bill proposal continues this trend rather than reverses it. In 2002, Brazil, joined by Chad, Burkina […]
In late October at Dulles Airport, I bid farewell to Silas Buru, an Ethiopian woman farmer, and Mr. Mengesha Gebremichael, a Relief Society of Tigray staffer. The three of us had spent two weeks together on a speaking tour highlighting an innovative risk management and agricultural weather insurance program called HARITA. The project is now […]
We need agricultural policies that can pass basic democratic muster and help serve up a just food system better equipped to ensure everyone has access to the safe, nutritious, and affordable food they need.