The still infant agro-processing industry in East Africa has been earmarked as having huge potential for poverty reduction, growth and regional integration. The region’s success in realising this potential will partly depend on its ability to factor in the ever-increasing challenges posed by climate change, and work in synergy with its own trade agenda. In an ideal scenario, trade policies should ensure the availability of inputs despite climate change, markets for the processed products and access to cleaner technologies; while climate change policies support this effort through targeted adaptation and mitigation initiatives. The role of international trade and climate negotiations in framing the policy space for such policies should not be overlooked.
WHAT WE AIM FOR
The PACT EAC2 project, led by CUTS International Geneva in collaboration with CUTS ARC Nairobi, aims to build the capacity of individuals, networks and institutions to identify and promote appropriate policies for climate-aware, trade-oriented, food security-enhancing agro-value-addition in the EAC region. In this context, it more specifically aims to improve:
- Stakeholders’ knowledge and capacity to identify better policy options, make recommendations, and advocate for holistic policies on agro-value-addition vis-à-vis climate change, food security and trade realities
- Negotiators’ capacities for coherent participation in the WTO and UNFCCC on issues related to agro-value-addition
- Stakeholders’ communication and coordination across national, regional and multilateral levels for holistic approaches to agro-value-addition development.
For more information, please download the project brochure.