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Investment banks’ revenue from food speculation 2010-2012

March 2013

Based on the calculations below, we estimate that in the three years 2010 to 2012, the top five banks involved in food speculation – Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley – made around £2.2bn from trading food commodity contracts. This figure is an estimate based on a number of assumptions and using two different methodologies and the actual figure could be higher.

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Web of power The UK government and the energy-finance complex fuelling climate change

March 2013

Research by the World Development Movement has revealed that one third of ministers in the UK government are linked to the finance and energy companies driving climate change. This energy-finance complex at the heart of government is allowing fossil fuel companies to push the planet to the brink of climate catastrophe, risking millions of lives, especially in the world’s poorest countries.

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Think Global February 2013

February 2013

Act locally with the World Development Movement

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Annual Review 2012

January 2013

Our 2012 annual review

COP18: Doha - the last chance saloon?

November 2012

At the end of November 2012, governments will be meeting again, in Doha, Qatar, for the 18th meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties. The World Development Movement will be tracking the talks and providing expert insight on the negotiation process.

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Transforming our food system: the movement for food sovereignty

October 2012

WDM’s campaign to curb speculation on food tackles one aspect of a broken food system. We’re also helping to build a movement for a just global food system, inspired by activists in the global south.

The global food system is in crisis. Globally we are now producing more food than ever before. But while 1.5 billion people are overweight, 870 million people are affected by chronic hunger. Small-scale farmers are suffering from prices falling below their costs of production due to unfair trade regimes, corporate concentration and the dismantling of state support.

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Briefing: food Sovereignty

October 2012

WDM’s campaign to curb speculation on food tackles one aspect of a broken food system. We’re also helping to build a
movement for a just global food system, inspired by activists in the global south.

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Profits from poverty: How big business is cashing in on aid

October 2012

Over the past decade, the Department for International Development (DfID) has increasingly been putting the culture and interests of the private sector at the heart of its work. Aid is being used to encourage private sector involvement in developing countries, whether this is in the form of supporting pro-market policies or directly channelling aid money through companies.

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Tricky questions briefing: Food sovereignty

September 2012

Download our briefing where we answer common tricky questions such as:

  • What is food sovereignty?
  • Why do we need to change the food system?
  • How do we achieve food sovereignty?
  • How are we working towards food sovereignty?
  • Can food sovereignty feed the world and tackle poverty?
  • What would food sovereignty mean for international trade?

The great nature sale

May 2012

The green economy the UK government and others are pushing at Rio is based on the idea that we are trashing the global commons because we don’t value it properly. Therefore, they say, we need to put a financial value on nature and the services (clean air, water, resources like trees, food, fuel) it gives us. Then we can bring these things into the market and pay the proper price.

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Annual Review 2011

January 2012

Our 2011 annual review

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Global Connect Resource Pack

January 2012

All the workshops are active and participatory, using a variety of methodologies and exercises to get people to think about and question their own views, to share them and listen to others.

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Power to the people?

November 2011

The La Mata and La Ventosa wind park in the state of Oaxaca is the World Bank’s flagship Clean Technology Fund (CTF) project in Mexico. The UK government has provided £385 million in capital to the CTF from its overseas aid budget, 14% of the CTF’s total funding.

COP17: Durban - a tipping point for the international climate talks

September 2011

The UN climate talks in Durban, in late November 2011, could be our last chance to save the current international climate deal. The first period of the Kyoto Protocol ends in 2012, and its continuation is in doubt as rich industrialised countries push to replace it with a system that allows them to pledge the reduction of emissions on a voluntary basis. The talks are also expected to set up a new fund to deliver finance needed by countries affected by climate change.

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Broken markets - How financial market regulation can help prevent another global food crisis

September 2011

Broken Markets seeks to counter the arguments put forward by those sceptical of the influence of financial speculation on rising food prices. It shows how financial speculation has boomed, turning commodity derivatives into just another asset class for investors, distorting and undermining the effective functioning of agricultural markets.

Stop Gambling on Food & Hunger

January 2011

Call for Immediate Action on Financial Speculation on Food Commodities - list of signatories

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A Bank for the Future - Maximising public investment in a low-carbon economy

July 2010

This report, commissioned by WDM and PLATFORM and written by former PriceWaterhouse Coopers consultant James Leaton, shows how we could create 50,000 green jobs by transforming the publicly-owned Royal Bank of Scotland into a powerful Green Investment Bank.

WDM and PLATFORM have been campaigning against RBS's socially and environmentally disastrous investments, particularly their funding of destructive tar sands mining. But by following the recommendations of the report, the bank could become a force for social and environmental good.

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The Great Hunger Lottery - How banking speculation causes food crises

July 2010

In The Great Hunger Lottery, the World Development Movement has compiled extensive evidence establishing the role of food commodity derivatives in destabilising and driving up food prices around the world. This in turn, has led to food prices becoming unaffordable for low-income families around the world, particularly in developing countries highly reliant on food imports.

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