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.
On 4 July, IMF chief Horst K
Malawi Economic Justice Network Civil Society Briefing Issue 16
After an urgent sign-on campaign, Pesticide Action Network has managed to convince the Bank to extend the consultation period on the draft Rural Development Strategy until 9 July. Concerns include policies which are said to support market-assisted land reform, reinforce water privatization schemes, booster biotechnology and endanger progress made on reducing reliance on pesticides.
According to Action Aid, famine in Malawi has been compounded by World Bank-guided food policies.
Gordon Brown’s recent speeches on a “New Deal” for the global economy have been generally welcomed, especially for their suggestions that aid budgets should be increased.
Mozambique has won more flexibility in its five-year battle with the World Bank and IMF to restrict the export of unprocessed cashew nuts.
In February, Honduran fishermen in the Gulf of Fonseca protested against the expansion of a prawn farm which has been supported by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC).