The World Bank’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) Index aims to measure the quality of agricultural regulation around the world by gathering data and scoring country performance across a uniform set of indicators. EBA creates a benchmark, i.e., a set of data points against which progress can be measured over time.
In 2016, EEFS was asked to conduct a series of activities aimed at raising awareness of EBA within USAID, with particular emphasis on Missions working on Feed the Future. As a result, the project conducted outreach engagements and field-based workshops in several Missions to ensure EBA data is more accessible for USAID Missions, developed and tested analytical tools to assist USAID in taking fullest advantage of EBA data as they prioritize interventions in programming, and helped build the knowledge capability within USAID to increase utility of EBA throughout the agency.
One of these activities included the generation and implementation of an electronic survey of USAID Mission staff with the objective of understanding current awareness and perceptions of EBA. The intention was for the results to guide discussions happening internally within the agency, as well as externally, about its utility in achieving the objectives of the US Global Food Security Strategy. It can also be used to guide future capacity building and other efforts to promote the use of EBA, by this project and others. Finally, findings will be shared with the World Bank as it refines the EBA methodology and continues to further develop and expand use of this valuable tool. The remaining sections of the report synthesize and share these results.