Agriculture

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

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

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

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

Land

Background

Gender, IFIs and the global food crisis

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

12 April 2011 | Minutes