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Throughout the year, EBA engages with key stakeholders from government, the private sector, civil society, and academia to ensure effective dissemination of EBA data and analysis.  Feedback on EBA indicators and methodology is welcome as part of these activities, and feeds into EBA's research agenda. Please find additional details below.

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March 1-3, 2017 | Tanzania & Uganda

The Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) held its first regional launch in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, at the 3rd annual Agricultural Policy Conference, organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Tanzania and the World Bank. Over 250 participants attended the conference. EBA was heralded as a valuable tool for all stakeholders working in the agriculture sector, particularly as it allows Tanzania to learn from the experiences of others and share its own experience with the global community. Presentations were followed by a technical workshop attended by 30 representatives from the public sector and different regional and international development agencies, focusing on the EBA 2017 report findings for Tanzania.

A launch event was also held in Kampala, Uganda, with the country’s key CSOs in agriculture. EBA discussed report findings and presented ideas on their use for policy gains with representatives of various CSOs including the Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFFE), the Uganda Agribusiness Alliance, the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE), the Uganda Cooperative Alliance, and the Kilimo Trust. Feedback was collected on the relevance and use of EBA indicators nationally, and participating entities expressed their interest in ongoing engagement.

March 28-30, 2017 | Rwanda & Malawi

Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) launched its 2017 report in Lilongwe, Malawi as part of the Doing Business Forum, organized by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development. The launch took the form of a technical workshop attended by about 50 participants, including members of the parliament of Malawi, input suppliers, and representatives of the Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM). Among the questions discussed were the importance for Malawi of agriculture mechanization, access to finance and harmonization of seed regulations. In Kigali, Rwanda, EBA briefed the Ministry of Agriculture on EBA 17’s findings for Rwanda, and presented the report at a launch event attended by about 20 key participants from the Ministry of Agriculture and donor partners. It has been agreed that EBA will be used to inform current policy discussions and design lead by the government of Rwanda and the World Bank Group country office.

April 3-7, 2017 | Nicaragua & Honduras

The launch event, organized in Managua, Nicaragua in collaboration with the World Bank Group country office, was attended by about 60 participants, including the Ministers of agriculture, water and transport, together with the Ministers’ policy directors, representatives of private sector partners and associations, academia, civil society and think tanks. Other partners included the Union of Agricultural Producers of Nicaragua (UPANIC) and the Association of Producers and Exporters of Nicaragua (APEN). The launch was followed by a technical workshop for the Government’s technical agencies where practical examples of EBA use for policy making and drafting of action plans were discussed. In Tegucigalpa, Honduras, EBA presented the 2017 report and discussed the potential inclusion of Honduras in upcoming EBA reports with the government and the World Bank Group country office. 

May 19, 2017 | Zambia

The report launch in Lusaka, Zambia was chaired by Mr. Chance Kabaghe, President of Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI), who opened the event by offering remarks on the importance of EBA for Zambia and welcoming some of the distinguished participants in the audience – including Minister of Agriculture Dora Siliya, Minister of Finance Felix Mutati Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Margaret Mhango Mwanakatwe and Vice-President of the World Bank for Sub-Saharan Africa Makhtar Diop. The event was attended by 120 individuals from a range of stakeholder groups, including government, private sector, farmer organizations and trade associations, and development agencies from Zambia and across the region.

The launch event was preceded by a technical workshop held with a group of 30 key participants from both the public and the private sectors, in which the report was presented and several topic areas discussed. After describing the importance of and opportunities for agribusinesses in Zambia’s development, and the relevance of EBA to strengthening the surrounding regulatory environment, the EBA team presented the report, with a particular focus on data findings for seed, fertilizer, markets and finance. National experts in each of the topic areas offered a series of comments building on the report’s findings and a constructive discussion with participants followed.

Zimbabwe Launch

May 22, 2017 | Zimbabwe

The EBA 2017 Report was presented at a day-long workshop in Harare, Zimbabwe, which gathered around 80 key players from different stakeholder groups within Zimbabwe’s agribusiness sector, including government, private sector, trade associations, CSOs, development agencies and academia. Beyond the broader findings of the report, which focused on Zimbabwe’s regulatory environment for agriculture overall, small-group sessions were held on fertilizer, water, finance, markets and land, with valuable contributions from national experts in each field. The event was chaired by Mr. Kumbirayi Katsande, former President of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries, who provided valuable insights into Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector and led a panel discussion of experts that included Mr. Tafadzwa Musarara (Chairman of the Zimbabwe Grain Millers Association), Mr. Graeme Murdoch (CEO of Kurima Gold), Mr. Bothwell Nyajeka (CEO of Sable Chemicals), Dr. Sakupwanya (CEO of the Zimbabwe National Water Authority), and Mr. Alex Bara (Senior Economist, Agribank) among other stakeholders.

May 23, 2017 | Sudan

Sudan Launch

The World Bank Group Country Office in Khartoum, Sudan successfully launched the Enabling the Business of Agriculture 2017 report at a large event opened by Xavier Furtado, the WBG’s Country Representative for Sudan, and newly-appointed State Minister for Agriculture, HE Sabari Eldow. A high-level panel of public and private sector experts from Sudan’s agribusiness sector was asked to share its views on EBA findings and suggest ways to take forward the report’s recommendations for Sudan. The panel included the Director-General of the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development, the Head of DAL Agriculture, and the Chairman of Mahgoub Sons Group, two of Sudan’s leading agribusiness conglomerates. It was noted that, while Sudan has shown some progress since last year’s report, overall performance has been mixed. It was also suggested that, given the importance of livestock to Sudan’s agriculture and agribusiness sectors, greater attention be given in future reports to regulatory issues surrounding livestock as well as land reforms. Arrangements have been made for the EBA report to be presented later this year to a high-level steering committee comprising Undersecretaries and Directors-General from the Ministries of: Agriculture and Forestry, Finance, Water, Irrigation and Energy, Investment, and Animal Resources. 

 

CSO engagement 18th Land and Poverty conference 

EBA engagement with CSOs

April 20, 2017 | Washington, DC

On April 20, 2017, Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) presented the project and participated in a panel discussion at the World Bank’s annual Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF). The CSPF is held twice per year alongside the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group (WBG) Spring and Annual Meetings, and provides an open space for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to dialogue and exchange views with WBG and IMF staff, their peers, government delegations, and other stakeholders on a wide range of topics. The agenda includes a roundtable with WBG Executive Directors and about 40, mainly CSO-organized, policy dialogue sessions that reflect the diversity of CSO policy concerns. For more details, see here.

The EBA session, entitled “An Improved Regulatory Environment for Agricultural Inputs, Services and Market Access,” presented EBA goals and coverage, drawing upon EBA data on finance, gender and environmental issues to highlight the granular nature of the data collected.  EBA was presented by the WBG’s Lead Agribusiness Specialist, Christopher Brett, and CSO representatives Alison Griffith (Practical Action), Roger Johnson (National Farmers Union of the United States and the World Farmers’ Organization), and Rufaro Madakadze (Alliance for a Green Revolution Africa) discussed the usefulness and relevance of EBA data. The capacity for global benchmarking exercises such as EBA to spur essential regulatory and policy reform was emphasized by the panel, as was the value of objective metrics to define and measure progress. The panelists and audience further commented on the potential to embed data on environmentally sustainable agriculture and gender-sensitive issues within EBA’s formal scored indicators in future cycles. Finally, members of the audience inquired regarding country coverage for EBA19, indicating that EBA could be particularly useful in certain countries that have yet to be included in the dataset. The potential for EBA to expand eventually beyond horticulture to address other sectors such as fisheries or niche markets was also raised, with panelists and the audience expressing the value of any such effort.

Alongside CSOs, a range of stakeholders – governments, donors, companies, investors and other private sector entities, academia, World Bank colleagues – have been critical participants in the development, promotion, refinement and success of EBA. The team welcomes the opportunity to engage with new partners in this regard and encourages any interested parties to reach out with comments via E-mail

Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty

March 20-24, 2017 | Washington, DC

Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) reached out to the global community of land governance professionals earlier this year at the 18th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty (Washington DC on March 20-24, 2017), with a view to explaining its coverage of issues related to rural land productivity and the functioning of land markets. The Conference has become one of the largest international events on land governance, attracting over 1,200 participants from governments, academics, civil society, and the private sector. The 2017 conference, entitled “Responsible Land Governance: Towards an Evidence-Based Approach”, focused on the role of data and evidence for realizing land policy reform, identifying strategies for working at scale, and monitoring achievements. For more details, see here.

The EBA 2017 Report was presented at the session “Global Status of Quality of Land Regulation in 2016,” chaired by Chris Jochnick, President and CEO of Landesa. Augusto Lopez Claros (Advisor to the Chief Economist) opened the panel with a discussion on the importance of indicators for development, explaining how in the last two decades the World Bank has increased the design of actionable and sustainable indicators, with the ultimate goal of sensitizing governments to the need for regulatory and policy reforms. Adrian Gonzales (Senior Economist, World Bank), presented the Registering Property and the Quality of Land Administration Indicators developed by the Doing Business project and Federica Saliola (EBA Program Manager, World Bank), presented the EBA 2017 Report, highlighting its main findings and the challenges for the next round of data collection. Finally, Klaus Deininger (Lead Economist, World Bank), who originally founded the Conference back in 2000, presented the EBA Land indicator and the new data on land tenure. 

The CEO of Landesa and several members of the audience highlighted the importance of indicators such those developed by EBA or Doing Business and emphasized their ability to animate and guide important policy debates. Going forward, the EBA team will work to refine the Land indicator and the scoring methodology that was piloted this year to fully integrate it into the EBA scored data set in the 2019 report.

EBA Policy Note | June 2017 

Regulation is a key component of a country’s business environment due to its impact on costs, risks and barriers to competition. Laws and regulations impact agricultural production through unique and evolving dimensions. Raian Divanbeigi and Marina Kayumova examine how governments in East Asian countries foster the competitiveness of agricultural entrepreneurs through better regulation.

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Research Policy Brief from the World Bank Malaysia Hub No. 5 | January 2017 

How to measure agribusiness trade and how it has evolved over time? How is it linked to other activities of the economy and what role can it play in development? Fabian Mendez-Ramos and Nina Paustian from the World Bank’s Development Research Group and Enabling the Business of Agriculture provide a framework to measure internationally traded agribusiness and discuss patterns of world agribusiness trade in recent decades.   height=

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Research Policy Brief from the World Bank Malaysia Hub No. 2 | March 2016 

The structural transformation of the agricultural sector has been characterized by the relative decline of basic agriculture, the rising importance of agribusiness, which includes the value added for agro-related industries and for agricultural trade and distribution services; as well as the growing share of high-value agricultural products in international trade with respect to traditional exports. Raian Divanbeigi, Nina Paustian and Norman Loayza look at the processes that shaped structural transformation in agriculture.

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