Agricultural Markets

EAC-EU Trade Negotiations: Bringing Equitable Agriculture Development to the Forefront

Exploiting the opportunities presented by the EAC-EU EPA is vital to the agriculture sector of the EAC. While the stated objective of the Framework EPA is to contribute to development, it can achieve truly equitable agricultural development in the region only if smallholder farmers who form the bulk of the labour force benefit from it. However, the window of opportunity presented by the EPA for small-scale farmers has barely been opened so far. This policy brief is an analysis of the agriculture related provisions of the Framework EPA and provides recommendations to be taken into account in the ongoing negotiations for the EPA to become a true developmental instrument.