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


The project "Promoting Agriculture, Climate and Trade Linkages in the East African Community - Phase 2" (PACT EAC2) builds capacities of East Africans for Climate-aware, Trade-driven and Food security-enhancing Agro-processing in their region.

Until 2019, the project will bring together, inform, train and move to advocacy action hundreds of stakeholders from the government, businesses, civil society, media, academia and farming communities.


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.


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.

We bring together hundreds of stakeholders who cooperate in research, advocacy, training and networking activities for more coherent policies around agro-processing in East Africa. They also support their trade and climate change negotiators in international fora through updates at our regular Negotiatos' Forums.
Our partners in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda coordinate multi-stakeholder networks called "National Reference Groups" (NRGs), whose members participate in project activities.

Ongoing Discussions

  • Burundi WTO discussion

    Feb 19, 2016 | 09:29 am

    We can discuss WTO issues here for Burundi

  • SSM Needs to be discussed

    Feb 19, 2016 | 09:21 am

    Lets discuss SSM issues

  • trade forum discussion

    Feb 19, 2016 | 04:43 am

    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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  • test discussion

    Feb 18, 2016 | 11:38 am

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