The World Bank’s WDR 2008: Response from a Slow Trade – Sound Farming Perspective.

For more than two decades, the issue of agriculture had practically disappeared from the global political agenda. The World Development Report 2008 of the World Bank for the first time recovers the central importance of the issue for the development in the global South. But the World Bank report primarily focuses on productivity gains, rather than recognizing the potential of sustainable small-scale production methods for development, poverty reduction and environmental protection. See here EcoFair Trade Paper No.10, in which Sophia Murphy and Tilman Santarius discuss the World Development Report of the World Bank and make a critical assessment of alternative reform proposals.