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

This note first presents the state of tourism in the EAC region, to then discussing awareness of rules and programs utilized under the UNFCCC and WTO by EAC partners. It further discusses the effect of climate change on tourism in the region. Finally, the note provides an analysis of the challenges faced by tourism service providers and opportunities as well as needs towards enhancing tourism services in the EAC region.
This briefing paper presents a summary of the key findings of a research study that was undertaken to provide input into the development of Uganda’s second National Industrial Development Policy (NIDP). The research adopted a comprehensive approach to assessing the outgoing National Industrial Policy (NIP), which will expire at the end of 2018 after a 10 years implementation phase. The research identifies policy gaps and proposes key areas for policy reform with specific focus on making the second NIDP cognisant of climate change, food security, trade, and gender in agro-processing.
This briefing paper broadly assesses the private sector’s place in addressing climate change with a particular bias to the agro- processing sector within the EAC context. Ultimately, the paper seeks to inform the EAC PSDS (2018 -2022) development process to ensure that the strategy contributes to a more climate aware agro-processing.
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.
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.
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