The US Agency for International Development - Enabling Agricultural Trade (EAT) project promotes inclusive agricultural sector growth - a key component of the US Government's Feed the Future initiative - by creating enabling environments for agribusinesses that encourage private sector investment and promote food security.
Actionable analysis that assists US government agencies, policymakers, and the broader development community to understand and effect change to the agribusiness enabling environment (AgBEE).
Technical assistance and support to any US government agency or local institution working to strengthen agricultural policy and the agribusiness enabling environment .
Thought leadership and collaboration among the development community to build awareness of the importance of how business environment reforms catalyze agricultural sector growth.
The regulatory burdens faced by agribusinesses, from farmers to processors to exporters, constrain their productivity and growth. The EAT project helps donors and policymakers better identify these constraints and act on them through concrete, practical recommendations that improve the efficiency of the agricultural sector. Our work makes it easier for actors along agricultural value chains to operate as a business - from smallholders, to even the largest agribusinesses - by reducing the transaction costs of essential business functions.
EAT focuses on the rules of the game – that is, the policies, laws, regulations, and institutions that encourage certain types of market behavior and discourage others. Market-distorting policies and weak institutions inhibit the efficient operation of the agricultural sector and represent critical barriers to economic growth. Ultimately, a more efficient enabling environment can improve economic growth, reduce poverty, and increase food security.
EAT has a number of tools for analyzing all aspects of the agribusiness enabling environment and has operated in countries around the world. Click on any icon below to learn more about our methods and to view findings by tool or by country.
To learn more about how you can acquire EAT’s services, please contact:
Steven Fondriest, COR
To learn more about EAT, or if you have questions related to the agribusiness enabling environment, please contact:
Nate Kline, Chief of Party
Amy R. D'Angelo, Technical Lead, Legal and Regulatory Reform
Eric Firnhaber, Communications Specialist
Nadav Rindler, Policy Specialist
Ydun Donahoe, Policy Analyst