This international conference by CUTS will bring into the global discussions lessons learnt from East Africa on the policy linkages between climate change, food security and trade.
The importance of policy linkages and coherence is regularly recognized by different governments and organizations. Taking into consideration policy linkages contributes not only to inclusive policy- making, but also to the creation of positive spillovers to balance divergent policy objectives and to enhance the capacity of policy makers.
Mutually reinforcing policy actions help to avoid conflicts among different types of public policies, thus to achieve the realization of agreed objective. While overlapping and incoherent policies ignore synergies and trade-offs within policy areas, risking to misunderstand priorities and to disturb agendas. For the realization of a holistic national, regional, and international development, policy linkages must be paid much attention by the policy makers.
CUTS International has been implementing a 3-year project titled “Promoting Agriculture-Trade-Climate Linkages in the East African Community (PACT EAC)” with funding support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to build capacity of relevant stakeholders to synergise policies and practices related to trade, climate change and food security; and to assist EAC delegates in the relevant WTO discussions.