Agriculture

Land

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IFC-funded goldmine shut down by local protest

Following two weeks of protests and road blocks that shut down the city of Cajamarca…

22 November 2004

Rights

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Concerns about Brazil soya project

Brazilian NGOs challenge proposed World Bank Group support for soya farming in the Amazon region.

28 May 2004

Rights

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World Bank pushes Malawi agriculture privatisation

World Bank manoeuvres to ensure parliamentary approval of a controversial agriculture privatisation policy demonstrates the continued influence of the Bank and the problems with Poverty and Social Impact Analysis.

5 April 2004

Rights

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Pakistani hunger strikers seek reparations for damaging project

In March Pakistani activists observed a hunger strike in front of the World Bank offices in Islamabad. The strikers pointed out that Bank-backed projects have caused serious damage to their livelihoods and the coastal ecology and called for the loan to be suspended.

5 April 2004

Land

News

Bank pushed policies likely to cause famine - book

A former Bank consultant has charged the Bank with pushing policies which would have led to the starvation of a third of a million people in Sierra Leone.

8 September 2003

Rights

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Bank timid steps on land reform

The World Bank’s Land Policy department is preparing a Policy Research Report on land reform, which NGOs criticise for too heavily favouring a market-assisted approach.

26 May 2003

Land

News

Turkey to test Fund independence

A power struggle is emerging over Turkey’s compliance with a host of proposed economic reforms included in a $16 billion IMF loan package.

28 January 2003

Land

News

Process for agriculture assessment clarified

At a meeting in Dublin in early November the World Bank discussed the process for its new global assessment of agricultural science and technology.

26 November 2002

Land

News

IFI role in Southern Africa famine condemned

A new study from Oxfam questions why, after years of World Bank and IMF-designed agricultural sector reforms, Malawi, Zambia, and Mozambique face chronic food insecurity.

17 September 2002

Land

News

Bank announces biotech food review

The World Bank’s announcement of a review of genetically-modified crops in Johannesburg met with mixed response - from pledges not to participate to a cautious welcome.

17 September 2002