This webinar covered the World Bank Group's newly released report, Enabling the Business of Agriculture 2016: Comparing regulatory good practices.
During the webinar, presenters:
- Recapped the objectives and methodology of the Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) project
- Summarized key findings from the report
- Highlighted how the EBA project is developing going forward
The webinar offered an opportunity for contributors and stakeholders to provide feedback on EBA’s methodological approaches and ask clarifying questions to strengthen the research effort and its outputs.
The EBA project aims to promote smart regulations that ensure safety and quality control as well as efficient regulatory processes that support thriving agribusinesses. The project identifies and analyzes legal barriers to conducting the business of agriculture and quantifies the transaction costs related to dealing with government regulations. The ultimate goal of EBA is to provide governments, private sector, civil society, academia and international institutions with clearly defined good practices that can inform policymaking and trigger regulatory reforms based on examples set by other countries. Eighteen indicators, covering six topics, have been developed to address various aspects relating to production inputs and market enablers that facilitate farmers, firms and producers to sell their goods and services.
The Enabling the Business of Agriculture 2016: Comparing regulatory good practices report contains most recent results collected in 2015, comparing 40 countries in 6 regions. The indicators measured in the Enabling the Business of Agriculture 2016 report cover seed, fertilizer machinery, finance, transport, and markets. Four additional topics—land; water; livestock; and information and communication technology— are under development and will be included in next year’s report. Two overarching themes—environmental sustainability and gender—have also been explored so that the indicators being developed encourage inclusive and sustainable practices.