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U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosts World Bank Group leaders for dialogue on role of business community in developing markets

Oakland, CA—As the World Bank Group’s spring meetings get underway in Washington, DC, the Bank’s complicity in corporate grabbing of land and natural resources around the world has become more blatant than ever.

di Marta Gatti

Spinti dal lobbing dei giganti dell’agrochimica, sempre più paesi africani introducono leggi che favoriscono il settore privato, la registrazione di varietà ibride e che puniscono con multe salate e addirittura con il carcere chi scambia sementi protette. In nome dello sviluppo agricolo industriale si sacrifica l’inestimabile patrimonio delle varietà selezionate dai contadini.

Author: Fondazione Nigrizia Onlus

Shiney Varghese

Author: Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

The world seed market currently lies in the hands of only six agribusinesses transnationals.

A host of concerned organizations and individuals have come out in opposition to a corporate-backed plan by the World Bank to control the world's seed industry. The groups say that the wide-reaching plan will strip farmers of their rights to seeds and food.

Author: telesur

Oakland, CA—Ahead of World Bank’s release of the 2017 “Enabling the Business of Agriculture” (EBA) report this month, 157 organizations and academics from around the world denounce the Bank’s scheme to hijack farmers’ right to seeds, attack on food sovereignty and the environment.

Antoine Hasday

Depuis la crise des matières premières de 2008, la Banque Mondiale a mis en place plusieurs initiatives sensées améliorer la sécurité alimentaire. Mais certaines sont directement associées aux grandes entreprises de l'agro-industrie et semblent privilégier les intérêts de ces dernières.

Author: Slate FR

Displacing pastoralists, displacing smallholder farmers, arresting and charging them as terrorists if they protest - and the land is given away to foreign investors to grow what? Sugar and cotton. Imagine trucks full of food aid coming into Ethiopia, while trucks full of cotton and sugar are leaving the country. Hunger in Africa is not caused by the fact that Africans don't know how to grow food. Hunger in Africa is a political problem.

Author: This Is Hell!

A new report exposes how Western AID agencies including Bill Gates' are supporting controversial agribusiness policies in developing countries, especially in Africa.

Prominent Western AID donors are supporting industrial agriculture companies at the expense of local and family farmers throughout Africa, according to a new report published on Tuesday by the Oakland Institute.

Author: teleSUR

Oakland, CA—The Unholy Alliance, Five Western Donors Shape a Pro-Corporate Agenda for African Agriculture, a new report released today by the Oakland Institute, exposes how a coalition of four donor countries and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is shaping a pro-business environment in the agricultural sector of developing countries, especially in Africa.


April 12, 2016

Contact: Anuradha Mittal, amittal@oaklandinstitute.org

Oakland, CA—World Bank accountability on forced resettlements resulting from its programs must be front and center at its spring meetings, taking place this week in Washington DC.

Elizabeth Fraser

I was taught that responsibility means admitting your mistakes and being accountable when you make a mistake. I still believe this to be true for individuals and institutions. So when a powerful group like the World Bank makes a mistake, I expect it to be accountable for its wrong-doings, and to do everything possible to make sure those mistakes don’t happen again.

Unfortunately, this couldn’t be farther from reality.

Author: IPS - Inter Press Service

Moral Bankruptcy: World Bank Reinvents Tainted Aid Program for Ethiopia, a new report released today by the Oakland Institute, exposes the shameful reinvention of one of the Bank’s most problematic programs in Ethiopia.

The report also reveals that the US Treasury violated congressional law when voting in favor of this program.

Author: BurkinaStyle

Sasha Chavkin

A $600 million World Bank loan to Ethiopia’s authoritarian government lacks proper oversight and “reinvents” a previous loan that was used by the Ethiopian regime to finance violent evictions of indigenous people, a new report by the human rights advocacy group The Oakland Institute charges.

Author: ICIJ

Pablo Prado

Author: Revista Vela Verde

Alice Martin Prevel

Lima was the host, in October 2015, of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank annual meetings. The two Bretton Woods institutions, criticized for their record of lowering social and environmental conditions, seek to showcase Peru as a success of their neoliberal policies and reforms to the rest of the world.

Author: IPS-Inter Press Service

Pablo Reyes Prado

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) have appeared around here after over 40 years is not free. And unless they have done so at a meeting of scale in our capital with the excuse that they are the role model worldwide, that as a nation we have managed to overcome the vicissitudes of the economic crisis thanks to the implementation of the policies recommended two international organizations.


Michael S. Wilson

A diverse group of protestors raise issues about extractivism and the Trans Pacific Partnership during a conference that paralleled IMF/World Bank meetings

Author: NACLA

The 2015 World Bank and IMF meetings begin tomorrow in Peru. It’s been nearly 50 years since the last time the joint meetings were held in Latin America. Some agenda items will center on issues like climate change, global poverty and refugees. But some critics of World Bank/IMF policies believe choosing Peru for the gathering was a cynical decision. Ahead of the meetings, the research NGO, Oakland Institute, released a new report on the failures of World Bank/IMF policies in Latin America. We’ll talk with Frédéric Mousseau, policy director at the Oakland Institute.

Author: WBEZ's Worldview

Nate Singham

The World Bank praised the development model of Peru despite flagrant violations of human and environmental rights.

Peru is organizing the 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, making it the first Latin American country to do so since 1967.

Author: teleSUR

The World Bank praises the Peruvian development model despite blatant environmental and human rights violations.

Author: teleSUR

As a promoter and financer of large-scale land investments in agriculture, the World Bank Group has been accused by campaigners on land rights issues as key driver of land grabbing in the developing world.

Author: Standard Times Press

With the help of international aid, foreign land grabs in the Gambella region of Ethiopia have resulted in environmental degradation, more severe economic and social inequality, and human rights abuses, according to a new study by the Oakland InstituteWe Say The Land Is Not Yours collects testimony from victims of “villagization,” a policy of forced displacement started under the military Derg dictatorship and, ac

Author: New Security Beat

Executive Director of the Oakland Institute Anuradha Mittal and her team have worked for years on land, food and environment issues in regions around the Earth. Oakland Institute recently joined the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in exposing World Bank actions involving land grabs/acquisitions by foreign investors in Ethiopia which have resulted in tens of thousands of small farmers becoming forcibly evicted from their land.

Author: The Oneness of Humanity

According to the UN’s Trade and Environment Review, food security, poverty, gender inequality, and climate change can all be collectively addressed with a systemic paradigm shift away from giant monoculture agriculture to localized organic farms. But to address where we need to be, we must first understand where we are. As such, I’d like to focus in on the issue of land grabs.

Author: The Feminist Wire

Oakland, CA – As the World Bank prepares for its annual Spring Meetings, members of Our Land Our Business, a campaign of over 260 NGOs, farmer groups and trade unions from around the world, are publically posing three questions about the Bank’s role in land grabbing, climate destruction and the corporatization of agriculture.

These questions penetrate to the heart of the World Bank’s development model and throw its loudly and expensively self-promoted claim to serve the interests of the world’s poor into stark relief.

Author: Standard Times Press

by Jeff Furman

For 13 years, the World Bank’s landmark publication, Doing Business, has ranked countries around the world based on how well their regulatory systems serve corporate interests. But far from merely analyzing the business climate across the globe, the annual report has profoundly affected the way that countries deal with regulation.

Author: The Guardian

For the last fifteen years, the World Bank has been organizing “Conferences on Land and Poverty,” that bring together corporations, governments and civil society groups. The conferences have the objectives to discuss how to “improve land governance.”

The 16th conference, which will take place in Washington D.C. from March 23 to 27 has been taunted by hundreds of civil society organizations that are denouncing the World Bank’s role in global land grabs and its deceitful leadership on land issues.

Author: Afro London News

Every spring for the last fifteen years, the World Bank has organized the “Conference on Land and Poverty,” which brings together corporations, governments and civil society groups.
The aim is to discuss how to “improve land governance.” Whereas the 16th conference took place in Washington D.C. from March 23 to 27, hundreds of civil society organizations including the Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) are denouncing the World Bank’s role in global land grabs and its deceitful leadership on land issues.