World Bank Agriculture for Action Plan: seriously flawed

This new report by Eric Holt-Giménez, Justine Williams and Caitlyn Hachmyer of Food First “question(s) whether the Bank’s strategy will actually improve rural livelihoods, reduce rural poverty, end rural hunger and build climate resiliency, and find that the World Bank continues to operate from long-held, faulty assumptions regarding both agriculture and development. The Action Plan prioritizes public-private partnerships; increased access to conventional agricultural inputs and ‘improved seed varieties’; demographic shifts away from agriculture; and the opening of domestic markets to global agribusiness.”

It “outline(s) the history of the World Bank’s approach and the crises that led up to the Agriculture for Development report. [It] review(s) and discuss(es) the Action Plan, and then offer(s) three case studies and numerous examples of the challenges peasants face in the wake of World Bank Group projects.

[It] question(s) whether the Bank’s strategy will actually improve rural livelihoods, reduce rural poverty, end rural hunger and build climate resiliency, and find(s) that the World Bank continues to operate from long-held, faulty assumptions regarding both agriculture and development. The Action Plan prioritizes public-private partnerships; increased access to conventional agricultural inputs and ‘improved seed varieties’; demographic shifts away from agriculture; and the opening of domestic markets to global agribusiness.”

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