Enabling the Business of Agriculture

EBA-2017-infographics-1.pngEBA 2017 is the third report in the series, presenting data that measure legal barriers for businesses operating in agriculture in 62 countries and across 12 topic areas. It provides quantitative indicators on regulation for seed, fertilizer, machinery, finance, markets, transport, information and communication technology (ICT), and water. Two overarching themes—gender and environmental sustainability—continue to be included in the report analysis to ensure that the messages developed by EBA encourage inclusive and sustainable practices. This year scoring was piloted for the land topic for 38 countries in which data were collected. The data for the remaining 24 countries will be collected next year and the team will refine the methodology further. EBA also collected data on the livestock topic, focusing on veterinary medicinal products (VMPs).

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eC2: Food Fortification Best Practices Study

Deadline: 11-Apr-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) food_waste_garbage
Compile and list by criteria to be defined by IFC Industry Specialists where fortification using micronutrient is currently recommended to be used along the food value chain; Extend the research to ingredients that might enhance the nutritional value/profile of other foodstuffs (such as whey in dairy products, pulses in bakery, etc.); Investigate and list whenever possible industrial/processing best practices to improve foodstuff nutritional content/profile (e.g. how to correctly fortify flour) in the main industries IFC Agribusiness invests in; or to avoid potentially harmful content.
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eC2: Support for the development of sustainable agribusiness framework

Deadline: 27-Mar-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)handleiding

The firm will develop (i) a Sustainable Agribusiness Blueprint, which will include an overall strategy for engaging private sector actors and increasing private investment in sustainable agribusiness (including Non Timber-Forest Products NTFP) in the ER Program area, considering local, regional, and international markets; and (ii) 10 specific Project Idea Notes from which 3-5 will be further developed into full project proposals for financing and inclusion in the REDD+ jurisdictional program.

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Small Agribusinesses in Mexico Benefit from Online Procurement Platform

Mexico is at the forefront of climate-friendly solutions in various productive sectors.


In line with the policies of Mexico’s Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), actions have been taken to promote the use of renewable sources of energy in the agricultural sector to decrease the negative impacts on the environment.

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IFC and agribusiness in a changing environment

IFC event on GAFSP and climate smart agriculture RVO, Prinses Beatrixlaan 2, The photoHague – 28 October 2016

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RVO and IUCN NL organized together with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on 28 October a one-day event in The Hague in the framework of the World Bank Group-Netherlands strategic partnership ‘Food for All’. The event convened more than 80 professionals in the private sector, knowledge institutions, NGOs and policy makers engaged in agribusiness in developing countries.

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IFC presentations on GAFSP and Climate Smart Agriculture

As part of the strategic partnership ‘Food for All’ between the World Bank Group and the International_Finance_Corporation_LogoNetherlands,  the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, IFC, and IUCN organized an event on GAFSP and the impact of Climate Smart Agriculture on October 28, 2016. Climate change affects companies in the agro-food and beverage sectors all around the world. They face increasing risks: from reduced productivity, new laws and policies, to reputation risks or volatile market prices. Effectively managing risks and opportunities of climate change is vital to secure long-term viability of companies and value chains. Integrating climate smart agricultural techniques and projects in business operations can help firms to become more climate-resilient and in the meantime reduce pressure on forests and other ecosystems and the services they provide. Especially in developing countries, climate change implies challenges to food security and sustainable food production and trade.

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Deadline: 30-Nov-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)gil-improving-social-networks-for-ugandan-farmers-

Agriculture is the major source of income for rural households in Mozambique (province of Tete). Market orientation however is strikingly low especially for women with most of the farmers specializing in staple or subsistence crops. The World Bank invites interested parties to submit expressions of interest for implementation of an intervention that will provide women farmers with (i) agricultural extension training, and (ii) noncognitive/behavioural skills training. Continue reading

eC2:Agribusiness PNG: Fresh Produce Pest/Disease Extension Services

Deadline: 24-Oct-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)index

IFC through its Advisory Services activities is working in PNG to improve the income of the lead firm linked small holder farmers by improving farmer access to technology, markets, finance and information.

IFC will work with a distributor(the Client)who is a new entrant to the fresh produce supply chain. Working with the client to build its capacity in fresh produce supply is envisaged to improve opportunities for farmers, particularly women farmers in the highlands to access markets in Port Moresby through the deployment of extension training, improved access to inputs and access to information. IFC work with the client to build its internal fresh produce supply chain and logistics capacity and link the farmers to markets in Port Moresby. As part of the fresh produce supply chain development in the Agribusiness PNG Project, IFC is now seeking a qualified consulting firm to build the capacity of the Client in providing pest/disease relate extension services to farmers. Kindly find a more detailed description in the attached TOR. FUNDING SOURCE

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eC2: E-learning course on Forest Landscapes and Climate Change in Forest Investment Program countries

Deadline: 19-Sep-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington DForestry.C.)

The Forest Investment Program (FIP) seeks to produce a focused but comprehensive online course which compiles and presents in a user friendly format both technical and practical information and knowledge to support practitioners in the design and implementation of sustainable forest and landscape management activities in FIP countries. The course should present in an integrated way the range of issues and topics at play in sustainable forest and landscape management interventions.

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eC2: GAFSP PrSW Cameroon Evaluation – Phase I Baseline

Deadline:  21-Jul-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

promotionalIFC is looking for an experienced firm specialized in impact evaluations to conduct the baseline of an impact evaluation of IFC and GAFSP (Global Agriculture and Food Security Program) invested projects in Cameroon. The IFC projects are part of a joint World Bank/IFC initiative consisting of a comprehensive public-private partnership to support the vertical integration of producer organizations (POs) of cassava, maize, and sorghum into the value chain of commercial agribusiness off-takers. IFC and GAFSP investments facilitate the critical links to private banks and to the private sector by providing risk sharing facility (RSFs) and/or loans to participating financial institutions. The evaluation is to measure impact of the projects on yields, farmer income, poverty, food security and women.
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