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John B replied to Claire Hickson's discussion Doing Business in Agriculture: how do we create a positive policy environment for agriculture?
"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…"
Oct 23, 2013

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Christina Tewes-Gradl replied to Claire Hickson's discussion Doing Business in Agriculture: how do we create a positive policy environment for agriculture?
"You're getting it now!"
Oct 23, 2013
Grahame Dixie replied to Claire Hickson's discussion Doing Business in Agriculture: how do we create a positive policy environment for agriculture?
"Christina, could you send me a copy of this report - gdixie@wordlbank.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 +…"
Oct 23, 2013
Grahame Dixie replied to Claire Hickson's discussion Doing Business in Agriculture: how do we create a positive policy environment for agriculture?
"Thanks Alice. 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…"
Oct 23, 2013
Grahame Dixie replied to Claire Hickson's discussion Doing Business in Agriculture: how do we create a positive policy environment for agriculture?
"Thanks Robin. 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…"
Oct 23, 2013
Grahame Dixie replied to Claire Hickson's discussion Doing Business in Agriculture: how do we create a positive policy environment for agriculture?
"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. Agribusinesses that…"
Oct 23, 2013
Kato Lambrechts replied to Claire Hickson's discussion Doing Business in Agriculture: how do we create a positive policy environment for agriculture?
"Hi Zahid 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…"
Oct 23, 2013

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Christina Tewes-Gradl replied to Claire Hickson's discussion Doing Business in Agriculture: how do we create a positive policy environment for agriculture?
"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…"
Oct 23, 2013
Claire Hickson replied to Claire Hickson's discussion Doing Business in Agriculture: how do we create a positive policy environment for agriculture?
"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…"
Oct 23, 2013
Grahame Dixie replied to Claire Hickson's discussion Doing Business in Agriculture: how do we create a positive policy environment for agriculture?
"Please let me know Alice if the comments that I have made above cover your questions. If not I will be happy to expand."
Oct 23, 2013
Grahame Dixie replied to Claire Hickson's discussion Doing Business in Agriculture: how do we create a positive policy environment for agriculture?
"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…"
Oct 23, 2013
Alice Martin-Prével replied to Claire Hickson's discussion Doing Business in Agriculture: how do we create a positive policy environment for agriculture?
"Many thanks. PLease let us know what the World Bank says about a more formal consultation process. It would be great to have the new documents and the list of countries. "
Oct 23, 2013

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Alison Griffith replied to Claire Hickson's discussion Doing Business in Agriculture: how do we create a positive policy environment for agriculture?
"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…"
Oct 23, 2013
Kato Lambrechts replied to Claire Hickson's discussion Doing Business in Agriculture: how do we create a positive policy environment for agriculture?
"Hi David 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…"
Oct 23, 2013

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Rachael Clay replied to Claire Hickson's discussion Doing Business in Agriculture: how do we create a positive policy environment for agriculture?
"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…"
Oct 23, 2013
Sarah Montgomery replied to Claire Hickson's discussion Doing Business in Agriculture: how do we create a positive policy environment for agriculture?
"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…"
Oct 23, 2013

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I am an independent policy, advocacy and communications consultant, specialising in emerging markets and international development.
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Agriculture; growth; infrastructure; support to small businesses and smallholder farmers; the potential for wealth creation in Africa by integrating small businesses into supply chains for larger African and international businesses.

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At 16:12 on October 23, 2013, Giulia Bondi said…

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.

 

At 16:13 on October 23, 2013, Claire Hickson said…

Thanks, Giulia. Really good to have you involved in the discussion.

At 16:19 on October 23, 2013, Giulia Bondi said…

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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