Submission to EPA
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ruling against palm oil under the Renewable Fuel Standard is a dramatic divergence from previous, independent assessments of the biofuel feedstock and will have serious consequences for producers throughout Africa. While the EPA’s Notice of Data Availability (NODA) specifically refers to the cultivation of palm oil in Southeast Asia, this ignores the global nature of the industry and the impact that this decision will have for the millions of farmers and rural communities along the equator, particularly in Africa, that hope to benefit of the industry’s growth.
IPPA Durban Letter
Agricultural development remains the most effective sector for economic prosperity and
development, which leads to food security. In the World Bank's recent analysis of the palm oil
sector, agriculture was demonstrated to be three times more effective at raising the incomes of
producers and creating thousands of jobs
Absence of Appropriate Regulatory Framework may Undermine Public Private Partnership
The Initiative for Public Policy Analysis (IPPA), the Nigeria-based public policy think-tank, today notes that the intention of the all tiers of governments to address the infrastructure challenges in Nigeria through Public-Private Partnership (PPP) might not achieve the expected results. The organization also notes that the prevailing regulatory framework and the nature of emerging trends in PPP projects diminish the expectations that it might be the ultimate solution to the infrastructure challenges.
Nigeria needs Secure Property Rights for Development
May 16, 2011 (Lagos, Nigeria)—The Initiative for Public Policy Analysis (IPPA) today announces the release of the 2011 International Property Rights Index (IRPI). The IRPI measures the intellectual and physical property rights of 129 nations from around the world.
This year, the Initiative for Public Policy Analysis including sixty-seven international organizations, partnered with the Property Rights Alliance in Washington, DC and its Hernando de Soto Fellowship program to produce the fifth annual IPRI.
World Bank’s Revised Palm Oil Framework Threatens African Farmers. Developing World Agriculture And Commodities Markets Next In Line
This review undermines poverty alleviation programs in Africa and will
increase food insecurity on the continent. Despite the Bank’s
acknowledgement of the palm oil sector’s successful role in alleviating
poverty, sector support has been undermined by radical Western
environmentalists’ hijacking of the Bank’s lending policies.
IPPA Ranks Top-25 Go-To Think Tank in Sub-Saharan Africa
January 25th, 2011(Lagos, Nigeria): The Initiative for Public Policy Analysis (IPPA), the 2005 award-winning organization, ranks among Top-25 Go-To think tank in Sub Saharan Africa, according to the 2010 Global Go-To think tank ranking report released on January 18, 2011 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The World Bank Ignores Africa Concerns
November 24, 2010 (Lagos, Nigeria)—The Initiative for Public Policy Analysis (IPPA), the Nigeria-based public policy think-tank, today decried recent comments by an IFC official on the sidelines of a Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil meeting in Jakarta.
IFC Agribusiness official Atul Mehta recently stated, "If we reach a point which we don't think [palm oil loan recipients] have the commitment or they don't meet it, we can invoke contractual requirements to exit."
African Economists - IPPA Letter to Robert Zoellick - 10_2010
We are writing to you to express our strong concern over the World Bank’s recent decision to
suspend funding of the palm oil sector by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). As a
group of leading experts on African development issues, we believe that this move has had, and
will continue to have, a significantly harmful effect upon palm oil producers and smallholders
farmers in the sub-Saharan Africa, who provide jobs for at least 1.8 million people in Nigeria
Nigerian Think-Tank Lauds Liberia Palm Oil Investment
September 13, 2010 (Lagos, Nigeria)—The Initiative for Public Policy
Analysis (IPPA), the Nigeria-based think-tank, today commended the
Liberian Parliament after its recent acceptance of a $1.6 billion
investment to help develop palm oil plantations, which was one of the
largest investments in agriculture in the history of Liberia.
IPPA Report Frames African Case for Palm Oil, Urges Renewed
World Bank Focus on Poverty Reduction
August 23, 2010 (Lagos, Nigeria): In response to the World Bank Group Palm
Oil stakeholder consultation, the Nigeria-based think-tank, Initiative for
Public Policy Analysis (IPPA), has outlined the indispensable role that
palm oil production plays in achieving economic growth and opportunity for
African nations such as Nigeria and Ghana - particularly for the rural
poor - in a report released today
African Economists Urge World Bank President to Halt Palm Oil Investment Freeze
Letter to World Bank President Zoellick Requests a Halt to Palm Oil Investment Freeze
October 6, 2010 (Lagos, Nigeria) In advance of the World Bank and IMF Fall Meetings, the Initiative for Public Policy Analysis (IPPA) wrote today to World Bank President Robert Zoellick in defense of African farmers and workers in the palm oil sector calling the Bank's efforts to draw up a new framework on the crop a shortsighted condemnation of developing countries from those in the developed world.
World Bank suspends N19.8b palm oil investment in Nigeria, others
THE International Finance Corporation (IFC), an arm of the World Bank, may
have suspended its planned investment of $123 million (about N19.8
billion) in African countries including Nigeria. The investment by the
corporation was meant to give the palm oil sector a push, for early
revival. But companies, professional groups and individuals across the continent
have reacted to the move by the World Bank, saying the suspension could further aggravate the unemployment situation in su-Sahara Africa.