On 16 October, world food day, the Bank will release its World Development Report (WDR) on ‘agriculture for development’. While a draft has undergone two civil society consultations, the prospective message and details of the final report remain vague. A recent e-consultation concluded that it neglects crucial issues of food security, capabilities of Southern agriculture ministries and private sectors, and particularly the social and environmental repercussions of the report’s heavy promotion of industrialising agriculture. With other key Bank agriculture-related reports to be released soon after the WDR, media responses promise to be substantial; whether positive remains to be seen.
EarthRights International examines how the Jam v. IFC case has helped to shift the landscape of accountability for international financial institutions by successfully challenging their claim to “absolute” immunity in US courts, potentially opening IFC up to further legal challenges in future.
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