Agriculture

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

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

Land

News

World Bank pushes carbon markets in agriculture and climate talks

In the lead up to Cancun climate negotiations, the Bank has used a conference on agriculture and climate as a platform to expand its agricultural activities and link them to its interests in carbon markets, despite new evidence of problems with investment in the sector.

29 November 2010

Land

Background

Notes of meeting between Minster Alan Duncan, the UK Department for International Development and Ci

Meeting notes

25 November 2010 | Minutes

Land

News

World Bank admits 'land grab' risks, proceeds anyway

A long-suppressed report by the World Bank remains supportive of large-scale land acquisitions in developing countries by foreign investors, despite highlighting significant risks for vulnerable populations. Civil society groups have argued that the Bank is complicit in violations of human rights associated with the so-called ‘land grabs’

30 September 2010

Rights

News

Palmed off: World Bank's palm oil framework 'business as usual' despite environmental and rights con

The World Bank’s draft framework for investment in the palm oil sector was met with dismay from civil society groups, who said that it failed to offer a credible strategy to address manifold social and environmental problems.

30 September 2010