PCFS calls rai guideline a decoy to legitimize WB’s RAI agenda
The People's Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) recently released its critique on the responsible agricultural investment (rai) guideline calling it essentially the same as the World Bank's Principle on Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI).
PCFS Critique on rai (PDF)
The critique pointed out that save for the form, the two sets of principles have no significant difference. It highlighted the two main problems with the CFS rai principles such as the draft being anchored on the neo-liberal framework and its failure to recognize food sovereignty as its ultimate goal.
In line with this, the network called for the need to underline and condemn the camouflaging neo-liberal policies that legitimize the drivers of resource grabbing. It questioned the whole process of how the CFS principles were drafted given the significant glaring omissions of the Zero Draft content.
PCFS warned that the latest move to purportedly set international guidelines on “responsible” agricultural investment essentially justifies the very same neo-liberalism which paved the way for irresponsible investments that keep the agricultural economies of developing countries in constant crisis.
The critique also presented alternative recommendations which primarily aim to empower grassroots groups of small-food producers rather than protect the dominance of large transnational corporations and wealthy countries over the global food system.
The recommendations were taken from the People's Convention on Food Sovereignty which pinpoints neo-liberal policies as the cause of inequitable distribution of food and resources and the root cause of poverty and hunger.
The People's Coalition on Food Sovereignty is a growing network of various grassroots groups of small food producers, particularly peasant-farmer organizations and their support NGOs, working towards a People's Convention on Food Sovereignty.
The critique is a result of a series of discussion on the CFS rai guideline which started during the CSO regional consultation on development effectiveness held in Jakarta, Nairobi and Chile two months ago. The network also acknowledges the help of IBON International in research work and in the facilitation of the critique’s drafting process.