"Grahame thanks for making the point about the farmers view - this entire discussion invokes an important lesson about how where we view from shapes our outcomes. Much of this comes from how we define and look at risk - see here for a post…"
"Christina, could you send me a copy of this report - firstname.lastname@example.org, I would really appreciate absorbing its findings,
We will have a draft report on the 1st 10 pilot countries in May (ish) - and build in another 30 countries next year and +…"
Ultimately there will be 80 countries. This is a purposeful sample covering all regions and the different stages in agricultural transformation, i.e. agriculturally based transition one and transition two (a deeper analysis than the…"
As I have explained ealier, this is not part of the BBA agreeement, but very much part of the larger World Bank program. As you know the Bank's strategy is very much focused on poverty elimination and shared prosperity. The BBA…"
"Zahid these are big questions.
Larger scale agribusiness input suppliers clearly see smallholder farmers as a market opportunity and while the producers see them as way to access improved and tested technology.
I think it is important to learn from 'what works' for this exercise, obviously taking account of the local political and economic context. When we did the review for the ASFG smallholder enabling framework…"
"Hi, this is Christina from Endeva!
I'd like to share with you the "Inclusive Business Policies" report we published last week. It identifies three policy approaches to strengthening the interface between poor communities and…"
"Thanks so much to everyone for taking part in the discussion. Really useful comments and input - though a huge amount to get through. Thanks particularly to Grahame for trying to keep up with the questions! Do continue to comment and if you want to…"
"Thanks Will and Sarah.
It is probably best to start by putting the BBA in context. The majority of the World Bank's programs are focused on smallholder farmers. We were specifically requested to look at the business of agriculture. We wanted to…"
"Certainly the list that Grahame refered to earlier is broad, capturing a variety of contexts and many different types of agricultural systems: Rwanda, Nepal, Ethiopia ,Mozambique, Uganda, Guatemala, Philippines, Morocco. Ukraine and…"
Thanks for raising the issue of gender. The most immediate challenge the many women farmers is that they do not have any formally recognised ownership or secure tenure of the land they farm, which affects their ability and willingness…"
"Thanks for convening such a great discussion Zahid. It would be interesting to hear more from the panel on benchmarking versus rankings. It's an impact discussion in itself, and may influence sustainable company investments as well…"
"There have been edits since those ones were posted, but we haven't seen these yet - if anyone has seen more updated versions please let us know. We have also asked the Bank for a more formal consultation process and for a place where these…"
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The issue of process cannot be overemphacized. The rai process in the CFS is actually undergoing an extensive inclusive consultation where civil society organizations and producers' organizations are heavily invested. It would seem to be important to harvest the fruits of that for the BBA as well, and to link up the BBA to the results of the rai. This will enable for more coherent policy recommendations.
To answer Q4: Best practice dissemination is valuable, but there are risks as different contexts require different solutions. What is important is the provision of a set of guiding principles. I think it is imperative that the BBA look to some of the existing human rights frameworks already available that can be applied to the role of business - such as the Ruggie principles on business and human rights. The private sector has an important role to play but there are risks involved - landgrabbing being an obvious one. The BBA should go beyond creating an attractive business climate to also encourage states to apply existing regulatory frameworks to protect their small holders and ensure due dilligence by companies.
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