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Analysis

Helping farmers weather risks?

The World Bank has published several papers on its pilot programmes for index-related insurance in developing countries to hedge against weather-related risks. They vary from support for local insurance companies to weather derivatives sold in international financial markets. According the Bank, private insurance should be seen as supplemental to public intervention and other forms of support such as cooperatives. A September briefing from the Bretton Woods Project, however, faults the Bank for

23 September 2009 | Briefings

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Bank's approach to agriculture under fire

The World Bank and the IFC have committed to increase funding to agriculture to help tackle the food crisis, but their enthusiasm for agribusiness has been questioned by academics who suggest the benefits will not reach the hungry.

22 September 2009

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Clouds over Bank weather insurance

The World Bank has published several papers on its pilot programmes for index-related insurance in developing countries to hedge against weather-related risks. A September briefing from the Bretton Woods Project, however, faults the Bank for failure to assess the broader implications of partly relying on private insurance and unregulated international financial markets to manage weather-related risks.

22 September 2009

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World Bank backs away from Bertin

A chorus of voices are celebrating the news that the International Finance Corporation (IFC) the private sector arm of the World Bank, has withdrawn a $90 million loan to the Brazilian cattle farming company Bertin

10 July 2009

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DFID snuggling up to the Bank?

In February the UK Department for International Development (DFID) belatedly released its latest annual report on its relationship with the World Bank. This continues a tradition which sees these reports appear at irregular intervals. As with previous annual reports there is a marked absence of the critiques heard from the Banks Independent Evaluation Group, the Parliament's International Development Committee or civil society for the period reviewed.

14 April 2009

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Financial and food crises

While food commodity prices have dropped from their peaks earlier in the year, the role financial liberalisation played in causing the crisis and whether it can help resolve it are still being debated.

27 November 2008

Environment

Background

Highlights: Meeting of UK NGOs with UK Alternate Executive Director to the World Bank

Meeting between UK NGOs and UK Alternate Execituve Director to the World Bank Caroline Sergeant on 5 September 2008.

9 October 2008 | Minutes

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The World Bank and IMF response to the food crisis

Although conditions attached to food and fuel crisis lending are somewhat lighter, the Bank and the Fund should turn the crisis into an opportunity to learn that finance can be granted without the usual strings attached.

26 September 2008

Infrastructure

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Agribusiness vs. food security

The causes of and remedies for the food crisis are hotly contested; how this rupture in the status quo is resolved will have decisive implications for the roles of the IFIs as well as more broadly for global food security and ecological sustainability.

17 June 2008

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Sri Lankan small farmers slam World Bank

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.

1 April 2008