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.
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.
In some developing countries, female business ownership can be as low as 3-6%, and the progress to close the gender gap on women’s economic integration has been very slow. With the current rate, it would take around 170 years to reach gender equality (WTO, 2017). However, it seems that Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), either bilateral, regional or plurilateral, can play a role in tackling gender barriers both in developing and developed economies, hence, allowing women all over the world to benefit from trade.
With the current industrial policy expiring this year, the government of Uganda through the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperative is in the final stages of consultations and drafting the new industrial policy, where agro-processing should be given particular attention given its potential. Importantly, synergies of this sector with cross-cutting aspects of trade, climate change, gender and food security should be ensured if the new policy is to help Uganda become a middle-income country by 2020./p>
Agriculture has been absent from COP decisions for years despite the undeniable interlinkages between climate change and agriculture. However, at the last COP in Bonn in November 2017, negotiators seemed to have finally understood the criticality of addressing agricultural issues for both adaptation and mitigation purposes. The implementation time (or at least discussions towards implementation) is finally here!
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