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.
Relevant and effective adaptation to climate change is a must for sustainable economic and social development of developing and Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Climate policies have been developed at national, regional and multilateral levels to tackle the challenges of climate adaptation. However, it is critical that trade policy-makers take coherent decisions and actions so that the trade measures support the climate adaptation agenda.
Addressing the gender gaps in trade can go a long way in ensuring a long-term growth for Least Developed Countries (LDCs). This last decade saw a surge of efforts to address gender inequality faced by women, such as the 5th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), which aims to serve as a motivator for women participation in trade. However, it is now more than ever time to address specific difficulties faced by women in trade, so as to build successful policy mechanisms to eliminate them.
The government of Kenya has endeavoured to support producers, processors, traders and marketers in the agriculture sector to develop innovative and competitive products through value addition. While the recent “Buy Kenya, Build Kenya” initiative is expected to support this move, gaps remain in its strategy in areas such as reducing cost of production, ensuring timely payments, incentives for SMEs, and mainstreaming gender and climate change.
African countries are particularly vulnerable to climate change. Their economic activity is mainly based on natural resources exploitation. As biodiversity and ecosystem can be disturbed by climate change, it hence has direct effects on agriculture. The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) will be an opportunity to implement a climate-resilient agricultural system in the region, but many technologies will have to be accessed and developed in the first place.
In Tanzania, the many problems of poverty, low productivity, inadequate infrastructure, and poorly integrated markets, are exacerbated by an under-developed agro-industrial sector. Policies such as the agricultural marketing policy and the industrial development policy have been developed to support agro-processing development. However, they do not fully address the linkages existing between agro-industry, trade and climate change. In absence of holistic policies and efficient collaboration between relevant public and private stakeholders, Tanzanian agro-industrial development may fumble.
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