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

Leveraging Technology Development and Transfer to Tackle Climate Change

At this meeting, East African climate negotiators considered feedback from their private sector consituencies about how these intended climate actions should support agro-processing including through transfer of technology.

Project national partners developed 5 respective country update notes, interviewing stakeholders on the ground on how to boost agro-processing while facing climate change. Respective NDCs were discussed with public and private stakeholders, especially agriculture and agro-processing related actions were debated between them and our national partner. Often NDCs were considered as a good outcome, with a true development potential for their business, as well as their country. It was made clear that, if fully implemented, NDCs can boost agri-business and offer trade opportunities. However it is clear that support will need to be provided to the private sector for it to be able to adopt new sustainable ways of producing and trading. Recommendations on how to take the NDC implementation and revision forward have been made in these papers. Negotiators were strongly encouraged to read them as specific views and needs from agro-processors in the region have been collected, and might be very informative for their work.

A technical note has been developed by CUTS, where the 5 EAC NDCs have been analyzed, looking at the agriculture related actions contained in each of them, highlighting similarities and differences between the 5 papers. Similar actions to be implemented are for instance related to climate smart agriculture, irrigation, agro-forestry and organic waste composting. Based on the planned actions, the technology that will be needed to effectively implement them have been identified, along with proposed options to leverage the necessary technology means in the region. It is clear that to be able to fully operationalize the agriculture related actions of the NDCs: capacity building and technology transfer will have to happen on CSA, water management, fertilizers, agro-forestry etc. As negotiators, policy makers … they will have to work to find ways to finance NDC implementation, to ensure a conducive institutional and legal environment at national and regional level, and to find ways to build knowledge and capacity of all stakeholders on those issues. Negotiators are encouraged to read the issue note, as concrete options and opportunities are presented for their countries when leveraging the necessary technologies to implement agriculture actions of the NDCs.

Discussions

Some negotiators shared their insiders’ points of view on some of the negotiations related to technology and agriculture.

On technology, discussions are mainly focusing on how the parties can reinforce the bodies already in place (TEC and CTCN) so that they can help countries to access technologies, how to leverage the existing framework while addressing the challenges they have been facing (administrative burden, difficulties in tackling real matters on the ground, etc.).

The issue of technology also popped up during the APA discussions on agenda item 5 (transparency) and item 6 (global stocktake), mainly discussing how best to access finance and technology so that all countries can implement their NDCs and achieve the common global targets.

Technology was also one issue discussed during the different workshops and discussions on agriculture Mainly emphasized by developing countries and LDCs. They are demanding concrete answers on how the TEC and CTCN can accelerate transfer of technology in the domain of agricultural resilience and production systems resilience for instance.

Specifically about agriculture and SB46, it was pointed out by one of the forum participant that since 2013, five workshops were held on agriculture at the UNFCCC, partly to see how to help farmers in the developing countries and LDCs. The last few weeks, parties have managed to look at the outputs of these workshops’ reports, and see what can be taken into the UNFCCC processes, into the implementation process, and what can be taken forward by other bodies (SBI, financing mechanisms etc.). In fact, the G77+ China has been yelling for implementation, and oppose other parties’ suggestion to have more workshops.

Way Forward

Some of the negotiators affirmed that it would be very valuable if CUTS can support negotiators from the EAC region to participate to COP23, to follow specific agenda items.

It was proposed to make their participation even more valuable to develop sort of a “support package”. It means that CUTS can provide technical assistance from the beginning of the process, training the selected negotiators, providing a workshop a national level where they can put forward their views, then submitting into a submission. The submission that is finally presented at COP23, where selected negotiators can follow up, participate in the different sessions as well as daily coordination meetings. Building capacity of the EAC negotiators following this scheme will improve the EAC CC Forum utility and add value to CUTS initiative by really feeding the EAC countries’ positions.

It was also suggested to organize a side event at the next COP, that will showcase some of the challenges LDCs, including EAC countries, are having in the agriculture negotiations. Representatives from the EAC can showcase the impacts of climate change on agriculture, which would help developed countries attending the event to understand why they are advocating certain positions.

Another support that CUTS can provide or help to get is to have office facilities and exhibition stands at the next COP.

 

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