We have developed this framework as a tool which can be used by NGOs and civil society to engage with government and donors in dialogue about what an enabling environment for smallholder farmers in Africa would be.
On this page you will be able to find information about the advocacy we are doing (specifically the World Bank’s BBA/EBA project and our recommendations on this) as well as feedback from other organisations. Please feel free to send us any information or resources that you have which can add to this body of work. We hope that this will be a useful place to engage with and track important, ongoing policy processes.
The World Bank, with the support of the Gates Foundation and UK, US and Danish governments, has been developing indicators for 'Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture' (BBA), part of a broader Agricultural Transformation Index (ATI). This project has now been renamed as 'Enabling the Business of Agriculture' (EBA)
World Bank BBA/EBA Resources:
BBA Snapshot indicator 6 - Transporting Agricultural Goods can be accessed here.
BBA Snapshot indicator 7 - Contract Farming can be accessed here.
PowerPoint presentation by Grahame Dixie (World Bank lead adviser for the BBA) presented on 26.06.2013 at a meeting in London on the BBA organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Food and Agriculture for Development (Using Indicators to inform better Agricultural Policies; an opportunity for a partnership between the WBG & and the UK Development Sector), can be accessed here.
Some ASFG member organisations are in dialogue with World Bank staff and those donors who support the development of a new World Bank benchmarking tool called Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA). According to the World Bank and the donors who support the project, it will over time encourage governments to design and implement policies, regulations and laws that better enable commercially-oriented smallholder farmers, as well as large agri-business enterprises to access markets for their products. Read the ASFG’s own framework of polices, regulation and laws which our research shows are essential for empowering smallholder farmers to access markets, as well as our response to the recent World Bank EBA progress report.
The ASFG continues to engage in discussions with the World Bank, but others have also criticised the project as a whole and the process thus far.
Please do send us any further information, critique or briefing notes that you may have around this, as we would like to include these here.
BBA Advocacy resources
Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture: a World Bank - Civil Society learning event
Comments and Inputs from civil society on the BBA snapshots
Please also let us know if you are involved in advocacy around other processes where this framework could be useful.