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Agro-processing in the Context of Trade, Climate Change and Food Security

This briefing paper explores how the nexus existing between climate change, food security and trade in East Africa specifically affects agro-processing in the region. While the EAC Industrialization Policy prioritises agro-processing development, it is yet to acknowledge the many adverse effects of climate change as one of the main factors inhibiting East Africa’s industrialization efforts. For instance, volatile weather patterns makes hydropower generation unreliable, resulting in power cuts and raising operation costs for companies. Such issues at the interface of climate change, food security and trade need to be made an integrant part of the region’s industrial development.