June 25, 2017

Aid

The Prague summit

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In September 2000, Prague was the venue for the joint annual meeting of the World Bank and the IMF. This article describes how the “Maoist” economic prescriptions of these twin institutions create poverty and dependence among their client nations. Editorial published in The Ecologist Special Report, September 2000. As the World Bank and the International […]

FAO’s plan to feed the world

The Ecologist (Vol 21 No 2 - March - April 1991)

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Edward Goldsmith and Nicholas Hildyard, co-editor of The Ecologist, critique the FAO’s main policy document, World Agriculture: Toward 2000, and the whole model of capital-intensive, industrialised, export-oriented agriculture which it promotes. See also the critique of Toward 2000‘s policy to promote livestock production: “FAO’s projections for livestock”. Published in The Ecologist Vol. 21 No. 2, […]

FAO’s projections for livestock

The Ecologist (Vol 21 No 2 - March - April 1991)

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is envisaging huge increases in livestock numbers and meat production worldwide. But nowhere does it stop to ask, what the impacts will be on the environment, or indeed on the rural poor. See also the longer critique of Toward 2000: “FAO’s plan to feed the world” and […]

Aid – enlightened self-interest or gun-boat politics?

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International aid appears to be a rare example of selfless generosity in international affairs. But the truth is that it is designed entirely for the benefit of donors, representing an important tool for the perpetuation of economic, political and military colonialism. Editorial article published in The Ecologist Vol. 18 No. 2, March 1988. Those with […]

An open letter to Mr Clausen and Mr Conable

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An Open Letter to Mr Alden Clausen, Retiring President of the World Bank, and Mr Barber Conable, President Elect, reflecting on the disastrous social and environmental record of the World Bank, and its consistent inability to advance beyond the mere rhetoric of reform. See also You can only be judged on your record, a follow-up […]

The illusion of our time

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Review of In the Name of Progress: the underside of foreign aid, by Patricia Adams and Lawrence Solomon. Published by Energy Probe Research Foundation, 100 College Street, Toronto, Canada, M5G ILS, 1985. Published in The Ecologist Vol. 15 No. 5/6, September 1985. This is a book of 16 short chapters, just 166 pages long in […]

Misguided investment

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Book Review: Developing Electric Power – thirty years of World Bank experience, by Hugh Collier. The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore 1984. Published in The Ecologist Vol. 14 No. 3, June/July 1984. This book was produced for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, in other words the World Bank. Its most striking feature is […]

Where has all the food gone?

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Review of Food Aid And Policy For Economic Development: An Annotated Bibliography and Directory, by Melissa Lawson Cadet, Trans Tech Management Press, US This is not the first annotated bibliography to appear on this subject in recent times, there appear to have been two others. The first was Elizabeth Henderson’s Selective Annotated Bibliography on Food […]

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