Whither Poverty Reduction? The World Bank’s Visible Green Hand; A Review of the World Bank / International Finance Corporation’s Proposed Palm Oil Strategy

August 2010 – A Submission by World Growth

The World Bank Group (WBG) has proposed a new policy approach for engagement on palm oil which will substantially alter the Group’s current approach and runs counter with the Bank’s response to the impending global food crisis. It will erect new conditions for financing, create a new and more onerous set of preconditions for financing, establish a de facto regulatory role for the World Bank, and skew Bank lending and support away from its development mission. The framework will restrict Bank lending to development of palm oil and endorses the concept of Continue reading

Up Close With Pro-Palm Oil Lobbyist Alan Oxley

Hanim Adnan, Malaysia Star

WHO can blame oil palm growers in Malaysia and Indonesia if they are wary of Western non-governmental organisations (NGOs)? After all, the plantation players have endured constant anti-palm oil campaigns spearheaded by environmental NGOs over the years. But lately, one US-based NGO, World Growth, has become an ally by championing the palm oil industry’s role in eradicating poverty in developing countries. Continue reading

Clarification of the European Commission’s Position on the Renewable Energy Directive

August 2010 – Green Papers: Issue V

The European Renewable Energy Directive has been subject to considerable ‘negotiation’ and gamesmanship. The controversies arise over the use and import of biofuels. What is becoming increasingly clear is the extent and depth of friction between competing interests upon which the Directive impacts. Earlier this year, Environmental NGOs protested that the European Commission was set to define oil palms as forests for the purposes of the Directive. Ultimately, the EC released a Communication which ‘excluded’ oil palms from the definition of forests.  The reality is Continue reading