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.

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.
The EAC Secretariat in partnership with Partner States and with support from CUTS International, Geneva convened this EAC Climate Change negotiators' workshop in order to develop a common position and prepare an EAC submission to UNFCCC on the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture. The resulting regional submission proposes a roadmap and identifies negative impacts of climate change on agriculture, stressing its importance for “enhancing food security, providing raw materials for local agro-processors and exports”.
After the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change decided last year to advance work in the area of agriculture, Parties under the “Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture” now have two years to work on "bold actions" needed in agriculture before more specific ones are agreed upon in 2020. In this context, East African climate negotiators debated such possible agriculture-related actions in the region, based on the challenges expressed by farmers and agro-processors on the ground.
One of the remarkable results of COP23 was that it ended a long stalemate on agriculture in climate talks, by adopting an action-oriented work program on agriculture and food security. Under this Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture, the world agreed to work over the next few years on a series of issues linking climate change and agriculture, for which countries were invited to submit ideas by March 31, 2018. Upon a request from the Government of Burundi, CUTS facilitated this two-day workshop which culminated in the adoption of a Burundi submission to UNFCCC on the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture.
At these five national meeting in East Africa, participants considered the way forward in ensuring that key agro-industrial policies promote climate-aware, trade-driven and food security-enhancing agro-processing. They will discussed the early findings of research studies in this regard, and continued engaging policy-makers through advocacy. Participants were also briefed on the status of agriculture in multilateral trade and climate negotiations, and their implications on the ground.
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Ongoing Discussions

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    Feb 19, 2016 | 09:29 am

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    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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