Agriculture

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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

Land

News

Unease over Bank approach to global food crisis

NGO criticism of the World Bank's market-based approach to the global food crisis, particularly with regard to foreign agricultural investment, increased in recent months, while the Bank reiterated its existing position in April meetings.

13 June 2011

Land

Background

The regulation of excessive speculation in commodity markets: what's at stake

Financial experts critically discuss commodity speculation.

14 April 2011 | Minutes

Land

News

Open for business: World Bank to reinvest in palm oil amid criticism

Early April saw the launch of the new World Bank Group strategy for engagement in the palm oil sector, which failed to resolve civil society concerns over several issues, including the rights of indigenous peoples and how performance standards will be applied across supply chains.

14 April 2011

Accountability

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 the World Development Report on conflict, security and development; the spring meetings and food security; the World Bank's energy strategy and performance in the health sector.

14 April 2011 | Minutes

Land

Background

Gender, IFIs and the global food crisis

Notes of a panel discussion, Washington DC, 12 April 2011

12 April 2011 | Minutes

Land

News

World Bank-backed child labour in Uzbek agriculture

The Bank's support of agricultural in Uzbekistan has landed it in hot water suggesting that it does not take seriously the social implications of such lending.

18 February 2011

Land

News

For the love of markets

As record high food prices have contributed to unrest in Egypt, Tunisia and beyond, the World Bank's unwavering faith in markets has stirred debate about how best to address the multitude of factors underlying a global crisis in food prices. Meanwhile, World Bank president Robert Zoellick continues to champion efforts to bring agriculture into carbon markets.

18 February 2011

Land

News

Bank supports controversial Tajik dam?

The World Bank is currently funding an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Rogun dam in Tajikistan, demonstrating its interest in this controversial project.

18 February 2011