Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) is a World Bank Group project collecting unique data on the regulatory framework and institutions that can enable farmers to produce and deliver more and safer food.
Sustainable agriculture development is one of the most powerful tools to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. In developing countries, the agricultural sector is the largest source of income, jobs and food security. Moreover, by 2050, food demand is estimated to increase by at least 20% globally with the largest increases projected in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and East Asia. Boosting the productivity, sustainability and profitability of agriculture is essential to fighting hunger and poverty, tackling malnutrition and ensuring food security. Achieving this goal requires policies and regulations that foster growth in the agriculture and food sectors, well-functioning markets and thriving agribusinesses. EBA is committed to improving knowledge and understanding of the business environment in agriculture and strengthening the information base that can be used for policy dialogue and reform.
Since 2013, EBA has provided globally comparable data and indicators that can enable countries, policy makers and stakeholders to identify barriers that impede the growth of agriculture and agribusinesses, share experiences and develop strategies to improve the policy and legal environment. The third report in the series, EBA 2017, presents data for 62 countries and across 12 topics: seed, fertilizer, machinery, finance, markets, transport, information and communication technology, water, livestock and land. Two overarching themes—gender and environmental sustainability—are also included in the report's analysis to ensure that the messages developed by EBA encourage inclusive and sustainable practices.