Agriculture

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Slaughtering the Amazon

A new report finds the World Bank culpable for the cattle industry's encroachment on the Amazon.

1 April 2008

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The Bank, Brazil and biofuels

The World Bank has become a major financial and political supporter of Brazil's campaign for sugar-cane based ethanol and a free market for bio-fuels.

1 April 2008

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Failing small farmers: The World Bank and agriculture

Stinging from a critique from its own evaluation unit on its work on agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa, the World Bank released its flagship annual report on agriculture in October to heavy criticism from civil society.

4 December 2007

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WDR 2008 preview: a Bank draft for agricultural development?

The World Bank recently released a near-final version of its 2008 World Development Report on 'agriculture for development', ahead of the official release on 19 October.

26 August 2007 | Review

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Bank's agriculture, for development?

While a draft of the Bank's World Development Report on agriculture has undergone two civil society consultations, the prospective message and details of the final report remain vague.

2 July 2007

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World Bank's carbon trading plans fail Africa

While the World Bank promotes the burgeoning carbon trading market as a "tool to help Africa's poor", an investigation has unearthed gross incompetence with the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in which the Bank is heavily involved. A report by Oxfam points out serious inadequacies with the Bank's adaptation figures.

2 July 2007

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Concerns e-voiced: WDR on 'agriculture for development' in consultation process

The World Bank released a first draft of its latest World Development Report on 'agriculture for development' on 9 April.

23 April 2007 | Review

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Parliamentarians on World Bank

The seventh annual conference of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank was held in Cape Town in March.

2 April 2007

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Human rights trump internal procedures

As the UN human rights council holds its fourth session, the last few months have witnessed dynamic processes on human rights and development finance that bolster arguments to hold international financial institutions accountable under international law.

2 April 2007

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IFC: Cowboys in the Amazon

In March the IFC approved $90 million towards a $424 million expansion and modernisation programme for Brazil's leading beef and leather processor Bertin Ltda.

2 April 2007