World Bank enables business of industrial agriculture: TWN

World Bank enables business of industrial agriculture: TWN

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The World Bank’s Doing Business Report (DBR) has scored countries according to how well their governments are “improving the business climate” over the past 15 years. The DBR has been criticised for ignoring the social or economy-wide benefits that regulations yield, such as safety, environmental protection, worker protection, or transparency. By forcing countries to compete against each other, the rankings encourage a race to the bottom of deregulation between countries.Based on the DBR model, the Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) report was launched after leaders of the G8 asked the World Bank in 2012 to create a “Doing Business in Agriculture Index”, to guide policymakers in the developing world in designing “business-friendly” agricultural policies and regulations.
The EBA dictates so-called “good practices” to regulate agriculture and scores countries on how well they apply and implement them. Based on the EBA scores, the World Bank leverages policy changes in agriculture. The EBA’s goal is to promote measures and reforms that favour the corporatisation of agriculture, including increased industrial agriculture and the privatisation of seeds around the world. The EBA index pushes governments to facilitate the import of chemical fertilizers; the production and marketing of industrial seeds; and to facilitate “efficiency-enhancing” land transfers, i.e. farmland sales or leases to agribusinesses, which is a wrong-headed approach that has done little to reduce poverty or enable equitable wealth redistribution.
Instead, investments in agriculture in the developing world should focus on locally adapted solutions based on the experience, needs and the demands of farmers, pastoralists, and rural communities. Evidence has shown that income and food security can be drastically increased with practices and policies that encourage crop diversification, require less external inputs, enhance soil fertility and increase biodiversity. – Third World Network
Ref – THE WRONGDOINGS OF THE DOING BUSINESS RANKINGS AND THE CORPORATE TAKE-OVER OF AGRICULTURE
By Frederic Mousseau, Oakland Institute
Bretton Woods Project
http://www.brettonwoodsproject.org/2018/03/wrongdoings-business-rankings-corporate-take-agriculture/

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