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The Enabling the Business of Agriculture 2017 report would not be possible without the expertise and generous input of a network of almost 4,000 local experts, including academics, business associations, farmers' organizations, government officials, legal experts, private sector representatives, and other professionals routinely administering or advising on the policy, legal and regulatory requirements in the countries covered by the report.

The EBA team is grateful to the national and local government officials who participated in the project and made valuable comments during the consultation and data review period. The team would also like to recognize its appreciation for the many private sector professionals who provided their expertise to this project. The names of those who have agreed to be publicly acknowledged are provided by country in the drop down menu below.

Global Experts

The Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) team engages numerous stakeholders including civil society, private sector representatives, government policymakers. The feedback received helps the team to shape and fine-tune its research methodology.

The following is a list of engagement and outreach events that the EBA team has conducted:

We are grateful to the following donors and partners who make this project possible.

United Kingdom - Department for International Development United Kingdom - Department for International Development (DFID)

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty in developing countries and help their economies to grow. DFID recognises that agricultural growth is important for sustained poverty reduction and food security and that this depends on accelerating responsible private sector investment. A dynamic, commercially oriented agricultural sector in developing countries has the potential to drive growth, raise incomes, create jobs and contribute to global food security. DFID supports the World Bank Group's Enabling the Business of Agriculture project as we believe policy reform and a more enabling environment is critical to mobilise private sector investment in agriculture.

Denmark - Employment Promotion through Business and Skills DevelopmentDenmark - Employment Promotion through Business and Skills Development (DANIDA)

In recent years, the world has renewed its focus on issues regarding food security and agriculture. Concerns with the impacts of rising food prices, on levels of poverty and food insecurity as well as increasing competition for scarce natural resources are emerging as major challenges for poverty reduction and development. Therefore, the creation of a more productive, equitable, and sustainable food and agriculture system has become a global priority.

On this background and inspired by the World Bank Group’s Doing Business report, Denmark wants to contribute to the development of a ´global agriculture index´ that can assist decision-makers around the world in developing the right environment for enhancing agricultural production. At the same time, the envisaged index should empower farmers, enterprises, and consumers to hold their governments accountable for reforming and developing the agricultural sector. Denmark is proud to being part of this process.

Government of the NetherlandsGovernment of the Netherlands

The Government of the Netherlands is committed to achieving sustainable economic growth and combating poverty around the world. To that end, we believe it is crucial to invest in agricultural development and food security. Promoting sustainable agriculture is a driver for economic growth and the most effective way to combat poverty and achieve food security for all. Farmers and agribusinesses around the world need to be able to develop into profitable enterprises and for that they need a stable, transparent and supportive enabling environment. We support the World Bank Group's Enabling the Business of Agriculture programe because it can help countries to identify and remedy the most pressing legal and regulatory barriers farmers and agribusinesses are facing. Thereby, the programe is a useful tool to develop a sustainable, efficient and market-oriented agricultural sector.

Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationBill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health with vaccines and other life-saving tools and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to significantly improve education so that all young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

United StatesUnited States (USAID)

USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. USAID extends help from the American  people to achieve results for the poorest  and most vulnerable around the world. That assistance does not represent a Democratic value or a Republican value, but an American value; as beneficiaries of peace and prosperity, Americans have a responsibility to assist those less fortunate so we see the day when our assistance is no longer necessary.