Brazilian NGOs challenge proposed World Bank Group support for soya farming in the Amazon region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A power struggle is emerging over Turkey’s compliance with a host of proposed economic reforms included in a $16 billion IMF loan package.
At a meeting in Dublin in early November the World Bank discussed the process for its new global assessment of agricultural science and technology.
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.
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.
The worst famine in fifty years has resulted in several thousand deaths in Malawi in early 2002.