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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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June 26, 2017 | The Netherlands

Findings from the Enabling the Business of Agriculture 2017 report focusing on Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Colombia, Vietnam and Myanmar were presented at an event organized by the  Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. The event organized in Amsterdam, was attended by over 50 participants from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Economic Affairs, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, non-governmental organizations, and private sector and knowledge/research institutes. The launch event was characterized by the high level of interest, engagement and positive response of the audience, and highlighted the use of EBA for country-level analysis. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed interest in continuing to support the EBA program.

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. 

 

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 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

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. 

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.

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.

Law, Justice and Development Week

November 7, 2017 | Washington DC, USA

EBA presented EBA Land dataset at panel discussion on women's right in access to and control over land, and explained how the data produced by the EBA project can inform the research in this field and contribute to strenghtening the legal and policy frameworks promoting women's security of tenure. The Law, Justice and Development Week aims to build and strenghten collaboration and exchange among lawyers and judges working with development institutions, governments, academia, civil society and others


EBA Report Dissemination workshop

October 16, 2017 | Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Presentation and discusstions on EBA findings for Tanzania at a workshop organized in partnership with the Alliance for a Green Revolution (AGRA). Discussions were attended by public authorities, development partners, civil society organisations, private sector associations and representatives of private sector companies. The workshop was followed up by a quarterly meeting of Tanzania’s Partnership Accountability Committee (PAC) in which EBA garnered a highly positive response from the 28 participants gathered


Agribusiness Development Workshop

October 12-13, 2017 | Nairobi, Kenya

Presentation of EBA findings at workshop organized around EBA, attended by around 30-40 key stakeholders from the agricultural sector, including government representatives, private sector players, civil society and the development community. The enthusiastic response of the participants led to the development of a solid set of recommendations for strengthening the country’s agribusiness enabling environment, and laid out the prospect of presenting the EBA report and the associated recommendations to the Minister of Agriculture.


 Private Sector Development Task Force

October 10, 2017 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Presentation and discussions on EBA findings for Ethiopia at the Private Sector Development Task Force (PSDTF) chaired by the Agriculture Transformation Agency (ATA). Discussions were attended by the Ethiopian government, development partners, civil society organisations and other international organisations, chambers of commerce, private sector associations and representatives of private sector companies. The PSDTF expressed great interest in EBA findings for Ethiopia. Comments highlighted its relevance for ongoing policy dialogue and planning. Complementarity and synergies between the aims of the Grow Africa Partnership and the work of EBA were also highlighted, given the recognized impact of the enabling policy/regulatory environment and the streamlined processes on investments. Joint efforts between the two initiatives will be an important part of the progress that the Alliance for a Green Revolution (AGRA) aims to drive. Discussions identified further opportunities to bring the evidence provided by EBA to the attention of policy makers, including meetings and dialogue with the Ministry of Agriculture and with the Investment Climate Commission. The PSDTF will be a primary platform for incorporating EBA findings into the sector’s development, and the leadership and support of both ATA and AGRA will help identify and develop some of these opportunities to enhance the value of EBA findings for Ethiopia’s policy dialogue.


IPPC Seminar on Plant Health and Trade Facilitation

October 10 , 2017 | Rome, Italy

EBA's Coordinator, Cesar Chaparro Yedro, presented the background of the programme, its country coverage, thematic coverage, and the methodology used by the programme, highlighting that in its current stage, the programme had finalized data collection for 62 countries and was now analyzing policies, and refining its methodology. Some findings from the programme were detailed, including data indicating that it is cheaper and faster to obtain a phytosanitary certificate in countries that have electronic processes in place and that can conduct inspections and issue certificates on-site.


International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage

October 9, 2017 | Mexico City, Mexico

EBA presentation entitled “Water law’s untapped potential for supporting water security in developing countries,” during a dedicated session on water security for growth and development. This presentation introduced the EBA Water dataset to a broader audience of potential end users, and explored several examples of how the EBA Water dataset can be used to create new models for cross-learning between countries. The presentation aimed to spread recognition among technical audiences of the importance of the legal framework for supporting the spread and implementation of the new water management practices and techniques being discussed at the Congress. 


Annual Eurasian Food Security Conference

October 3-5, 2017 | Dushanbe, Tajikistan

EBA attended the Annual Eurasian Food Security Conference held October 3-5, 2017 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan to present EBA findings for Central Asia, highlighting their relevance for private sector agribusiness investment in the region. The Conference – which gathers public and private sector leaders and policymakers, representatives of academia and civil society – aims to identify priorities for the agri-food sector in the region and produce actionable, evidence-based recommendations for the Eurasian Food Security Program.


Agribusiness and Value-Chain Development Roundtable

September 26-27, 2017 | Kyrgyz Republic

EBA 2017 was presented to an Agribusiness and Value-Chain Development Roundtable, attended by high-level officials and representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Industry and Melioration. EBA indicators and data findings for the country were presented, and the discussion focused on the use of EBA as a tool that can inform policy making.


7th IWA-ASPIRE Conference and Water Malaysia Exhibition 

September 11-14, 2017 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

EBA presentation on the role of regulations in water security: conflicting evidence from the Asia Pacific Region.

European conference dedicated to the future use of ICT in the agri-food sector, bioresource and biomass sector (EFITA)

July 2-6, 2017 | Montpellier, France

EBA panel participation on the role of ICT regulations in agribusiness and rural development. 


IAMO Forum 2017

June 21-23, 2017 | Halle, Germany

EBA’s Program Manager, Federica Saliola, participated as keynote speaker in the international conference on "Eurasian Food Economy between Globalization and Geopolitics". The conference aims to provide a platform to discuss ongoing research and different strategies to ensure food security and intensify trade in the context of geopolitical tensions and divergent trade integration efforts. The conference is organized by the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) with technical support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and in partnership with the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations (OA).


Korea Rural Economic Institute 

June 28-30 | South Korea

EBA met with the Korea Rural Economic Institute (KREI) to present and discuss EBA’s progress and findings during its first phase and plans for EBA 2019. Much of subsequent discussion focused on the relevance of EBA findings for small-scale producers and traders. KREI committed to becoming familiar with EBA findings and its plans for future development. 


US-Africa Business Summit

June 14, 2017 | Washington DC, USA

Participation to a panel on agribusiness dissecting the Enabling Environment for Agribusiness, focusing on the role that business regulations play in helping or hindering business development on the continent. The focus of the presentation was specifically on seeds, fertilizers, water and the regulatory framework applicable to them.  


5th European Research Conference on Microfinance

June 12-14, 2017 | Portsmouth, UK

EBA presented a research paper, titled “How can regulations promote financial inclusion?”, which uses data from the Finance indicators of the EBA project, and finds strong and positive association between regulatory environment and financial inclusion. Countries that have adopted good regulatory practices in the areas measured by EBA Finance indicators are showing better financial inclusion scenario, indicated by higher probability of individuals to open an account and save at a formal financial institution. 


International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research

June 2, 2017 | Berkeley, USA

EBA presentation on rethinking agriculture transformation through business regulation and on the Business environment for the bioeconomy in Africa


Presentation of EBA at the Africa Finance and Agribusiness Conference

May 22-23, 2017 | Cairo, Egypt


EBA engagement with CSOs

April 20, 2017 | Washington DC, USA

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 EBA 2019, 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, USA

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.


Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) experts consultation

March 2017 | Rome, Italy

The EBA 2017 report was presented at the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) at a seminar attended by 50 experts, including the Assistant Director General and the Director of the Economic and Social Development Department. Discussions focused on EBA objectives, methodology, and main findings at the global, regional and country levels. The seminar was followed by a discussion with the FAO senior management on ongoing and future collaborations with the EBA, and in particular with the Monitoring and Analyzing Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) and the Data Portrait of Smallholders programs.


17th African Seed Trade Association Annual Congress

March 1, 2017 | Dakar, Senegal

Presentation of EBA 2017 report's findings for the seed indicator at the annual congress of the African Seed Trade Association attended by nearly 300 delagated from 47 countries representing the seed sector.


Participation to the 8th Argus Africa Fertilizer Conference

February 15-17, 2017 | Cape Town, South Africa  


Panel participation at the general assembly of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development

 February 1, 2017 | Brussels, Belgium


Presentation of EBA's livestock indicators to the UK Veterinary Medicines Directorate

January 26-27, 2017 | Surrey, UK

The role of ICT regulations in agribusiness and rural development

EBA Policy Note | October 2017 | Marina Kayumova

ICT facilitates farmers’ access to real-time data on agricultural practices, seed varieties, pest management, diseases outbreaks, market prices, and weather information. This information is important for farmers to sustain and diversify their production, take well informed decisions on sale activities and negotiate better prices for agricultural products, all of which ultimately contribute to greater market participation and potentially higher income. The author explores the relationship between regulations and ICT development indicators. Results suggest that higher quality regulatory frameworks for ICT are associated with higher mobile internet market penetration and better developed ICT infrastructure.


Regulatory constraints to agricultural productivity 

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 8199 | September 2017 | Raian Divanbeigi and Federica Saliola

Over the past decades, agriculture has been rediscovered as a sector with great potential for triggering growth, reducing poverty and inequality, providing food security, and delivering environmental services. This paper contributes to the literature on the determinants of agricultural development by investigating the role played by laws and regulations. In this paper, the authors propose new measures of regulatory quality and efficiency in agriculture, and test the relationship between those measures and agricultural performance. 


The regulation of agriculture in developing East Asia  

EBA Policy Note | June 2017 Raian Divanbeigi and Marina Kayumova 

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. The authors examine how governments in East Asian countries foster the competitiveness of agricultural entrepreneurs through better regulation. 


Measurement and patterns of the world agribusiness trade  

Research Policy Brief from the World Bank Malaysia Hub No. 5 | January 2017 |  Fabian Mendez-Ramos and Nina Paustian

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? The authors 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.    


Structural transformation of the agricultural sector: a primer 

Research Policy Brief from the World Bank Malaysia Hub No. 2 | March 2016 | Raian Divanbeigi, Nina Paustian and Norman Loayza

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. The authors look at the processes that shaped structural transformation in agriculture.