Agriculture

Land

Background

Halting the global land rush: protecting land rights and promoting food security

This event discussed how to invest in agriculture in a responsible way, including research on the scale of the global rush for land, and explored potential solutions to the problem, including the role that the World Bank can and must play.

11 October 2012 | Minutes

Infrastructure

Background

Water privatisation management issues

This session featured a discussion on the implications of current water policy reforms that have increasingly privatised and commodified water.

10 October 2012 | Minutes

Accountability

News

IFC failed to act on "forced evictions"?

In August, the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (CAO), the accountability mechanism of the International Finance Corporation (IFC, the World Bank's private sector arm), launched an audit into its $30 million investment in palm oil and food company Corporaci

3 October 2012

Land

News

No carbon pay for Indian farmers?

The Bank's compliance body, the Inspection Panel (IP), has received a request for inspection from farmers who reforested land in India as part of a Bank carbon sequestration project

2 October 2012

Land

Background

Notes of meeting between UK Executive Director to World Bank Susanna Moorehead and UK civil society

Civil society organisations met UK Executive Director to the World Bank Susanna Moorehead and staff from the Department for International Development to discuss IDA, education finance, infrastructure finance, fragile states, agriculture and land, Doing Business rankings, Oyu Tolgoi project in Mongolia.

15 August 2012 | Minutes

Land

News

IFC supporting food speculation?

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Bank's private sector arm, has attracted criticism for its purchase of a 6 per cent stake in Armajaro Trading, a London-based commodity trading house founded by controversial hedge fund trader, Anthony Ward.

3 July 2012

Accountability

News

New claims of rights abuses in World Bank-funded 'land grabs'

As the World Bank held its Annual Conference on Land and Poverty in April, campaigners accused it once again of facilitating and legitimising 'land grabs' that harm local communities.

3 July 2012

Land

Background

Agriculture and Food Security

Minutes of agriculture and food security meeting, Washington DC, 19 April 2012

20 April 2012 | Minutes

Environment

Background

IMF Consultation on Natural Resources Management and Taxation

Notes of meeting, Spring meetings 2012, Washington DC

19 April 2012 | Minutes

Land

Background

The World Bank and agriculture

Agriculture re-emerged in the last decade as a focus of World Bank Group lending, with the Bank claiming that "improving agricultural performance is the most powerful tool we have available to reduce global poverty and hunger."

5 April 2012 | Inside the institutions