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.
This briefing emphasises the interdependence between the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement, in terms of ensuring that all new infrastructure is climate resilient and aligned with the low- or zero-carbon pathways required to avert catastrophic climate change – which would render achieving the SDGs impossible.
World Bank Enabling the Business of Agriculture rankings prescribe land privatisation at the expense of family farmers, pastoralists, and Indigenous Peoples.
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