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

Based on data, statistics and interviews from Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and Kenya, this note provides an overview of top-sectorial climate challenges faced in the region, looking at their representation in the current national adaptation strategies, including the status of implementation of those adaptation strategies. This note uses a sectorial approach to present major climate change impacts and how their consequences are addressed by current adaptation strategies (i.e. mainly National Adaptation Plan, National Adaptation Programme of Action and Nationally Determined contributions). Moreover, the note would look at stakeholders’ « involvement /consultation» in the development and implementation of relevant and efficient…
Developed in 1996 when the effects of climate change were yet to be felt, Tanzania’s SIDP has now become out of sync with the urgent need for synergising agro-processing development with other climate, trade and food security interventions. This Briefing Paper argues that the SIDP review set for 2020 should be seen as an opportunity to take up such synergies right from the design phase. In particular, it suggests concrete interventions in the areas of climate change, food security and trade which should be considered in the SIDP revision.
This brief note analyses the views of stakeholders from the East African Community (EAC), on their interests and the issues that should be prioritized in the post-Buenos Aires period.
The issue of public stockholding for food security purposes has become an important issue for developing countries as well as LDCs due to increasing populations and climate change adversity coupled with food prices volatility on the global markets. This note analyses the state of play of such programmes in the East African Community, in order to support East African delegates’ work at the WTO towards finding a permanent solution by 2019.
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. This briefing paper is based on CUTS International’s submission, as an observer, to this new “Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture”. After exploring the socioeconomic and food security dimensions of climate change in developing countries’ agriculture sector, the paper provides recommendations on taking forward their interests at UNFCCC in the areas of capacity building,…
Negotiations on climate change in agriculture are important for EAC countries, where the agriculture sector is facing rapid changes in rainfall patterns, threats to food production and increasing vulnerability of smallholder farmers. As proposed by the UNFCCC, investing in climate change actions need to move faster in order to reverse this trend. This note analyses possible policy interventions required for EAS Member States in this regard, which would enable them to adopt measures that can mitigate their exposure to climate change and also help transform their agricultural sector to achieve food security.
This study explores the interests of East African Community Member States in the new “Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture” of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Following the ground-breaking decision at COP23 last year to advance work in the area of agriculture in climate talks, Parties are now required to work on "bold actions" needed in agriculture. The study reviews some of the relevant issues of interest in the region, in particular in the area of food security, and suggests ways forward in UNFCCC discussions.
Building primarily from the previous work published by CUTS International, Geneva, “Understanding E-Commerce Issues in Trade Agreements: A Development Perspective Towards MC11 and Beyond”, this note aims to re-introduce e-commerce, whilst stating its benefits/challenges and giving an overview of its decisions/evolution at certain World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conferences.
The briefing paper aims to inform the finalization of the Buy Kenya, Build Kenya strategy by proposing provisions to ensure regional integration agenda is not lost in strategies aimed at promoting development of local industries. Regional integration is one of the tools that Kenya can leverage to ensure development of the country. However, national strategies such as Buy Kenya, Build Kenya offering prospects for developing local industries may come as a perceived risk to EAC regional integration. Promoting consumption of goods and services from EAC, developing local content for EAC goods and services and enhancing market for EAC products will…
This briefing paper examines the role of trade policy tools in agro-processing development within the East African Community (EAC). Trade measures can help realise the potential of agro-processing for economic development, enhancing food security and employment creation in the region. Choosing and applying the right mix of trade policy tools requires a thorough analysis of their viability in a particular context, ensuring coherence with other policies, as well as appropriate institutional coordination.
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