Local farmers and agriculture activists in Sri Lanka have slammed World Bank intervention in the agricultural sector, saying it has caused the eradication of small-scale cultivation and resulted in high food prices, in particular rice and wheat. The Movement for National Agriculture and Land Reform (MONLAR) held a gathering for concerned parties to discuss possible solutions to the problem. Former minister Indika Gunewardena stated that tenant farmers will never be able to rise out of poverty as long the government retains ownership of the land they work on. Small-scale farmers state that the Bank has been encouraging companies to invest only in large-scale farms.
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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