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External Review of the Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA)

The Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) is a World Bank Group study collecting unique data on the regulations that affect farmers. DFID commissioned Itad to undertake a review to learn lessons from the first phase of the EBA project (2013-2016) and to provide recommendations for the follow-up phase (2017-21).


The Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) is a World Bank Group project collecting unique data on the regulatory framework and institutions that can enable farmers to produce and deliver more and safer food.

Our role

Itad was appointed by the UK Department of International Development (DFID) to conduct an independent review to assess how well the EBA engagement, dissemination and influencing activities have promoted the uptake of EBA-identified good practice, and under what circumstances and how they can improve further in the future.


The overall purpose of the review was to strengthen the EBA so that it successfully drives reforms in agribusiness-related policies and regulations, and so deliver greater agricultural growth in developing countries.

Our approach

The methodology involved a review of background literature and EBA documents, interviews with 40 stakeholders, two online surveys and an analysis of the EBA website downloads. The review used country case studies in Tanzania and Sudan to explore stories of change to capture how EBA engagements have led to uptake, reform and impact.


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Image: Woman works in her cassava field in Mkuranga district, Tanzania © Credit: Holly Holmes/RTB (CC BY 2.0)

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