Feed the Future
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EBA Trade Module

The Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) Trade Module explores indicators within the World Bank’s EBA Index that are relevant to trade, highlights complementary trade data from other sources, and identifies opportunities for use in USAID Mission programming, particularly in support of the U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy. 

Session 1 — Why Trade Policy Matters for Agricultural Development

In the first of the four sessions, you will be introduced to useful trade-related indicators available through the World Bank EBA Index. The session also covers important background information on key terms and concepts as well as how EBA data can support U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy objectives related to trade.

After completing this session, you will be able to: 

  • Cite key terms for trade. 
  • Describe the importance of trade to economic growth and poverty reduction.
  • Describe how laws and regulations influence trade. 
  • Apply World Bank EBA Index trade data to support U.S. Government's Global Food Security Strategy.

EBA Trade Module Session 1: Why Trade Policy Matters for Agricultural Development and Links to EBA

Session 2 — A Closer Look at the EBA Markets Indicator

In the second of four sessions, you will unpack the main components of the World Bank EBA Index markets indicator: agricultural trade, plant protection, and producer organizations. You will learn what is measured and several established good regulatory practices for each component.

After completing this session, you will be able to:

  • Understand the main components and methodology for the EBA Index markets indicator.
  • Comprehend indicator and sub-indicator measurement and business case assumptions.
  • Identify good regulatory practices for topics covered by the EBA markets indicator.

EBA Trade Module Session 2: A Closer Look at the EBA Markets Indicator

Session 3 — A Closer Look at Other EBA Indicators That Influence Trade

In the third of four sessions, you will review World Bank EBA Index indicators related to foreign trade, including product-specific imports of fertilizer, machinery, and cross-border trucking licenses. The session also covers World Bank EBA Index indicators that influence trade competitiveness, including seed, finance, water, information and communications technology (ICT), and portions of fertilizer, machinery, and transport.

After completing this session, you will be able to: 

  • Understand and cite what is measured for EBA indicators focused on foreign trade, such as product-specific imports of fertilizer and machinery and cross-border trucking licenses (transport). 
  • Understand and cite what is measured for EBA indicators that influence trade competitiveness, including finance; water; ICT; and portions of seed, fertilizer, machinery, and transport–domestic licenses.

EBA Trade Module Session 3: A Closer Look at Other EBA Indicators that Influence Trade

Session 4 — Leveraging EBA Trade Data in Support of Mission Objectives

In the fourth and final session, you will build on what you have learned in previous sessions and explore how to leverage the World Bank EBA Index trade data in USAID Mission programming, particularly as it relates to the U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy and Feed the Future. This session will also cover accessing EBA trade data and complementary trade data resources beyond this module.

After completing this session, you will be able to: 

  • Apply EBA benchmarking data in support of GFSS objectives, including to identify priorities, generate competition, and monitor results. 
  • Explore broader context to inform policy reform prioritization processes. 
  • Understand correlations among EBA indicators and customize indicator combinations in support of Mission objectives.
  • Know where to access EBA data and supporting legal and regulatory documents.
  • Locate and use complementary resources to inform trade policy dialogue and decision-making.

EBA Trade Module Session 4: Leveraging EBA Trade Data in Support of Mission Objectives

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