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 these five national meetings held in East Africa, stakeholders from all backgrounds reflected on planning advocacy campaigns for them to engage with policy makers towards more climate-aware, trade-driven and food security enhancing through more coherent policies. The campaigns would take forward the recommendations of national studies released at these meetings under the title "Agro-industrial Development Policies: What Nexus to Climate, Food Security, and Trade?".
Within the UNFCCC process, the Conference of the Parties confirmed the importance of enhancing climate technology development and transfer to developing countries, establishing a Technology Mechanism in 2010. The Paris Agreement commits nations to ‘strengthen cooperative action’ on climate technology, and introduces both a ‘long-term vision’ on technology’s contribution to climate resilience and mitigation and a ‘technology framework’ to guide the work of the Climate Convention’s existing Technology Mechanism.
Government procurement is increasingly attracting attention in Free Trade Agreements and regional integration. While liberalizing government procurement can help public procurers get better value for money, it may also reduce policy space for using some trade-distorting government procurement methods aimed at promoting enterprise development domestically. Against this backdrop, East African negotiators reflected on their potential priorities and interests in liberalizing their government procurement sector, based on their stakeholders’ feedback from the ground.
SMEs comprise 90 per cent of all firms globally and are the largest source of employment. However, WTO’s 2016 World Trade Report indicates that SMEs are highly vulnerable to trade barriers given their limited access to finance, technology, skilled labour, and markets; and recognizes the importance of making international trade more inclusive to them. As consultations are ongoing at the WTO in this regard, East African negotiators met to gather inputs and discuss the chalenges faced by their SMEs.
The UNFCCC Paris Agreement clearly recognises developing and least developing countries' need for support in coping with climate change, with some mechanisms already in the pipeline to that effect. On the eve of COP22, East African Climate Negotiators met in Marrakesh to discuss their stakeholders' perspectives on such international climate support mechanisms, including climate finance which would be a negotiating priority for developing countries at the COP22.
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