Agriculture

Land

News

On a carbon market mission

While steaming ahead with new carbon market initiatives, the World Bank attracted further criticism and suffered potential setbacks on agriculture and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at the UN climate negotiations in Durban.

7 February 2012

IFI governance

News

Harvesting controversy

While the Bank prepares to revise its agriculture strategy, its focus on market liberalisation is criticised, its own complaints bodies issue damning reports on agriculture projects in Peru and Papua New Guinea, and critics fault its gender focus.

7 February 2012

Land

News

IFC accused of standards breach over Ugandan land grab

A September report by NGO Oxfam International includes criticism of forestry operations in Uganda in which the World Bank's private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), has a stake.

18 November 2011

Land

Background

Notes of meeting between Minister Alan Duncan, the UK Department for International Development and C

Meeting notes

19 September 2011 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Notes of meeting between UK Executive Director to World Bank and Civil Society Groups

Civil society organisations met UK Executive Director to the World Bank and staff from the Department for International Development to discuss water, the Bank's private sector approach, health and nutrition, safeguards review and energy strategy.

15 September 2011 | Minutes

Land

News

World Bank policies "enabling" African land grab

New research claims World Bank Group's policies facilitate land grabs in Africa and favour the interests of financial markets over food security and environmental protection.

14 September 2011

Land

News

Red-Dead sea plan in hot water

Three civil society groups have filed a complaint with the World Bank's Inspection Panel, its complaint mechanism, over the Bank's feasibility study for a project to channel water from the Red Sea to replenish the Dead Sea.

13 September 2011

Land

News

World Bank deaf on food speculation, vocal on financial instruments

As agricultural market continue to experience increasing volatility, and record food prices intensify global hunger and poverty, the World Bank's approach to the crisis, which emphasises the use of commodities markets and corporate agriculture, is found wanting by groups demanding food sovereignty and food security.

13 September 2011

Land

News

World Bank won't give up on carbon markets

As the Bank's own report declares the carbon market is failing, the Bank is still pushing forward carbon finance initiatives.

13 September 2011

Environment

Commentary

World Bank's Africa strategy remains rutted in comfort zone

A critical analysis of the World Bank's new strategy for Africa

14 June 2011 | Guest comment