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Enabling the Business of Agriculture 2016

28. Januar 2016: Today, the World Bank has released its report 'Enabling the Business of Agriculture 2016: Comparing regulatory good practices'. According to the Bank, it "provides a tool for policymakers to identify and analyze legal barriers for the business of agriculture and to quantify transaction costs of dealing with government regulations. The report presents the main results for 40 countries, for the first time using indicator scores to showcase good practices among countries in different stages of agricultural development. It also presents interesting results on the relationship between efficiency and quality of regulations, discriminatory practices in the laws and whether regulatory information is accessible. Regional, income-group and country-specific trends and data observations are presented on six topics: seed, fertilizer, machinery, finance, markets and transport. The report also discusses the continued development of several topics which will be added in future reports: information and communication technology, land, water, livestock, gender and environmental sustainability."

Comments The Oakland Institute in a press release: "The EBA benchmarks are undeniably pushing governments to implement business-friendly reforms in the agricultural sector. Financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, DfID, DANIDA, and the Netherlands, they are part of the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, and are embedded in a global push to help Western agribusinesses expand in developing countries. A quick look at the list of collaborators to the EBA surveys informs us that agribusiness giants Monsanto, Bayer CropScience, Pioneer, Syngenta, and Yara, among others, are part of the “Global Experts” consulted by the project."

Quelle:Press Release by the World Bank, January 28, 2016: "Agribusiness rules lag in agriculture dependent countries".