March 5-6, 2019 | Cameroon
In Cameroon, project findings were presented to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MINADER) and senior officials of the Ministry. The presentation was well received, and the Minister appreciated the effort of the Bank in undertaking relevant research for Cameroon that assesses the enabling environment for agriculture and agribusiness. As the next steps, the project findings will be shared extensively within the country among various Government entities and the updated 2019 report is planned to be presented to the Steering Committee meeting of Strategie de Developpement du Secteur Rural (SDSR) and to the Cameroon Business Forum.
November 20, 2018 | Liberia
In Liberia, project findings were presented at a workshop organized by the WB country office in Monrovia with the participation of key Government officials and private sector representatives. The dissemination event was an extension of a World Bank mission on a preparation of the Smallholder Agriculture Transformation and Agribusiness Revitalization Project (STAR-P). One of the project’s components focuses on improving the enabling environment for agriculture, within which some of the project's findings will be integrated for developing project activities. In addition, findings for Liberia were also presented to the Honorable Minister of Agriculture and other high-level Government officials from the Ministry of Agriculture.
February-June 2018 | Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Kenya, Mali, and Mozambique
Over the last few months, a series of national workshops were organized in Ghana (February 1-2, 2018), Burkina Faso (February 5-6, 2018), Nigeria (February 12-13, 2018), Kenya (April 27-30, 2018), Mali (May 21-25, 2018) and Mozambique (June 4-8, 2018), co-led by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the respective World Bank Country Offices, to launch and discuss the EBA 2017 Report. During the workshops, EBA17 report topic level findings for the respective countries were discussed in the context of broader country plans and challenges and used to support the work program of AGRA’s policy reform unit, Micro Reforms for African Agribusiness (MIRA). The outcome of the evidence-based consultations was the development of a matrix prioritizing key policy and regulatory issues constraining performance in the agriculture sector, formulating policy actions to address them, and proposing next steps for improvements in the respective areas. The workshops drew together participants from the public sector, the private sector, civil society organizations, and the research community – including representatives from the relevant Ministries.
May 28 - June 1, 2018 | Nepal
In Nepal, the team met with representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land Management and Cooperatives, the Ministry of Finance and the National Planning Commission. In each case, the team examined results of the EBA 2017 Report, deliberated on how they could be used for Nepal’s policy dialogue and discussed next steps. The team also led a workshop to present and discuss EBA results and their relevance within the context of Nepal’s agriculture sector. The participants, which represented a number of input companies, financial institutions, investment firms and agricultural marketing organizations from the private sector, helped tie findings to challenges faced by the sector and expressed their support in the use of EBA findings for targeted policy improvements. The group had useful recommendations on the need to revisit the regulatory framework hindering private sector investments in the country around inputs (seed and fertilizers), challenges related to the availability of finance for agribusinesses and SMEs, and quality control leading to trade facilitation with neighboring countries and beyond.
May 14-17, 2018 | Kazakhstan
In Kazakhstan, EBA was presented at the Investors Round Table session of the Astana Economic Forum, led by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture of Kazakhstan Umirzak Shukeyev. The presentation led to a roundtable dialogue by key government, academic and private sector representatives on conditions for private sector investment in the country. The team also participated in a high-level discussion on enabling agribusiness conditions at the Second Kazakhstan Competitiveness Forum – which gathered several dozen firms and private sector firms, with high level officials from the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministries of Agriculture, Health, Culture and Sport, and Justice.
April 5-6, 2018 | India
In New Delhi, the team participated in an event organized to launch and discuss the EBA 2017 Report. The launch event drew together some 50 participants from the public sector, the private sector, civil society organizations, the research community and multilateral development agencies. The event was co-chaired by the World Bank’s Director for the Food and Agriculture Global Practice, who presented EBA as an instrument to operationalize Maximizing Finance for Development in agriculture, and the representative from the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, who described key goals and challenges in the country’s agribusiness sector that required an improved enabling environment and enhanced investments. Along with the launch event, a technical workshop was held the same day to discuss further details on EBA and its relevance at state levels. The participants were interested in the implementation of regulations, formal and informal transaction costs, the interpretation scores particularly for topics where India had low scores. A number of points were raised around federal vs state conditions, and the importance of having a similar discussion at the State level.
October 3-5, 2017 | Tajikistan
In Dushanbe, a plenary session on Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) was offered at the Annual Eurasian Food Security Conference, which focused on priorities for policy research to improve food security and nutrition in the region. At the session, the EBA 2017 report and its findings were presented for all Central Asian economies covered by the report, highlighting their relevance for private sector agribusiness investment in the region. The Conference gathered over a hundred participants from the public and private sectors, along with policymakers, representatives of academia and civil society. The evidence provided was appreciated and highlighted by members of the audience, and stimulated dialogue on how to act on this sort of evidence to drive impact on the policy agenda. Representatives from at least two countries expressed interest in further engagement with the work presented to ensure that it informs upcoming policy dialogue and planning in their economies.
September 26, 2017 | Kyrgyz Republic
In Bishkek, a High-Level Roundtable was held on Agribusiness and Value-Chain Development Options, which was centered on findings of the Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) 2017 Report for the Kyrgyz Republic. The two dozen participants gathered at the session included representatives from the Office of the Government and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Industry and Reclamation, along with the University of Central Asia, the Agribusiness Competitive Center, the Seed Association of Kyrgyzstan, the Aiyl Bank and the Russian-Kyrgyz Development Foundation, amongst others. Participants had the opportunity to discuss some of the benchmarks provided by the EBA report, tying indicator scores to the realities and challenges in each of the areas, and highlighting areas that could be further analyzed and improved based on the report.
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 23-25, 2017 | Turkey
In Ankara, EBA was launched and presented at the National Agriculture Workshop organized by Turkey’s Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, to an audience of over 200 participants from several key Government agencies (Ministry of Development, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Finance, Central Bank, etc.) and numerous stakeholders in Turkey’s agribusiness sector. EBA was one of the many pieces presented at the workshop and generated much interest among participants on key issues related to the legislative environment affecting producer organizations, agricultural trade and other marketing-related issues. Through its Director General, the Ministry of Agriculture expressed his interest in EBA findings in a debriefing meeting following the workshop, highlighting the accuracy and value of EBA results for key areas the Government is interested in improving.
May 23, 2017 | Sudan
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.
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.