Why do World Bank and IMF staff members push policies that will cause a famine? Why do aid workers, civil servants, and politicians endorse them? Peter Griffiths looks at the case where the World Bank forced a reform programme on Sierra Leone, privatizing food imports. This created a famine situation. Paul Griffiths is an insider: an economist who has worked freelance for the World Bank, FAO, UN Development Project and other aid organisations, and as a civil servant in several Third World countries. His recent book: “The Economist’s Tale: A Consultant Encounters Hunger and the World Bank” is published by Zed Books (see AMAZON).