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


Our events in East Africa and in Geneva bring together stakeholders from the government, private sector, local communities, civil society, academia, and media who share knowledge and expertise. They tie stronger relationships not only among themselves but also with their trade and climate negotiators whom they regularly update about the ground realities.

At the meeting, East African WTO delegates reviewed national Industrial policies to ascertain the extent to which they have adopted policies and measures in line with the G90 proposals in the Trade Related Investment Measures (TRIMs) Agreement.
At this meeting, climate negotiators from East Africa reflected on the major impacts of climate change in their countries, and how their consequences are addressed by current adaptation strategies such as their National Adaptation Plans, National Adaptation Programmes of Action and Nationally Determined contributions. Based on data, statistics and interviews they reviewed top sectorial climate challenges faced in the region, and considered the effectiveness of current stakeholder participation mechanisms in the context of these strategies.
For purposes of ensuring food security, governments may purchase crops and food products from local farmers and sell them (at subsidized rates) or distribute them free of charge to the poor and food insecure households during times of need. Such initiatives are referred to as public stockholding programmes for food security (PHF). The WTO Agreement on Agriculture (AOA) sets out conditions under which such programmes should be implemented so as not to be considered trade distorting.
Following the ground-breaking decision at COP23 last year to advance work in the area of agriculture in the context of UNFCCC climate talks, Parties and observers now have two years to work on "bold actions" needed in agriculture before more specific ones are agreed upon in 2020. At this event jointly organised by CUTS International and PACJA, agriculture and climate experts working across Africa reflected on the challenging road towards advancing the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture, and how developing countries can take the process forward to enable them to effectively deal with the impacts of climate change on their…
The World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) highest decision making body, the Ministerial Conference met in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December 2017, and came up with certain ministerial decisions. Those included fisheries subsidies, work programme on electronic commerce, TRIPs and work programme on all economies. In the aftermath of the Conference, WTO Members are in the phase of reflecting on areas and issues that should be prioritized on the negotiations front going forward.
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Ongoing Discussions

  • Burundi WTO discussion

    Feb 19, 2016 | 09:29 am

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  • trade forum discussion

    Feb 19, 2016 | 04:43 am

    Let us discuss topics of MTS to support our delegates in Geneva. Best regards, Julien Grollier Programme Officer CUTS International, Geneva Tel: +41 22 7346080 Fax: +41 22 7343914 Email: Web: Skype: cuts.grc [image: CUTS-Rlogo.jpg]

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