climate-aware, trade-driven, food security-enhancing
agro-processing for East Africa

Advocacy
Our advocacy aims to influence policy decisions for East Africa's Agro-industry to become more climate-aware, trade-driven and food security-enhancing. National campaigns move key stakeholders into advocacy action, towards implementing the project’s key policy recommendations and persuade about the need for coherent policies. Key messages also make their way to the wider public through the media.
Le climat est devenu imprévisible, et au delà de leurs effets sur la production agricole, les changements climatiques impactent négativement des infrastructures essentielles au développement de l’agro-industrie burundaise. Proposant des éléments pour une stratégie de mise en œuvre de l’agro-industrie dans le cadre de la future politique industrielle, une récente étude a identifié des actions prioritaires à mener pour l’adaptation climatique des infrastructures d’énergie et de transport.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2 aims to, among others, ending hunger and ensuring access by all people to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round. In Kenya, food insecurity remains a threat especially due to low agricultural productivity, poverty, high population growth rates and climate change effects among other causes. To this end, the Government is implementing policies and strategies to boost agricultural productivity, adapt to climate change effects, as well as promote value addition of agricultural produce.
Agriculture remains the backbone of most African economies, including the East African Community (EAC) members, yet the job creation capacity of the sector has been underleveraged. Although the agro processing sector holds much potential for employing the bulging youth population in the region, the main employment sector of these countries remains often informal . Many barriers prevent the youth from exploring opportunities in the agro-processing sector and hence the need for developing new strategies that will make the agri-sector sustainable and attractive to the youth.
Agro-food micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the East African Community (EAC) face the adverse consequences of climate change and at the same time may negatively impact the environment. As environmental challenges have been thoroughly addressed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), their achievement could bring substantial benefits to MSMEs who can also contribute towards their success. However, environmental constraints that MSMEs face in attaining some of these goals need to be addressed and can be resolved with the coherent support of governments, development partners, and larger public private partnerships.
Recognising the caveats in the current Sustainable Industrial Development Policy (SIDP), the government of Tanzania through the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment is at the early stage of thoroughly reviewing the SIDP. The review should lead to a new and comprehensive industrial policy that provides for synergies of agro-processing sector with cross-cutting issues of climate change, trade and food security.
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