Recipe for disaster: The IMF and World Bank’s role in the financialisation of food and agriculture

Past and present World Bank and IMF policies have provided key support for the financialisation of food and agriculture. This has resulted in land-grabs, exposure of small-holder farmers to high price volatility, the concentration of power in agriculture business and the expansion of climate-damaging industrial agriculture.

In Recipe for disaster: The IMF and World Bank's role in the financialisation of food and agriculture, written for the Bretton Woods Project Spring Observer 2020, SID's policy researcher, Flora Sonkin, discusses how the process of financialisation has profoundly affecter food systems in recent decades, as financial actors and markets expanded their role in society and across all sectors of the economy.