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In Africa, there is a strong link between climate change, agriculture and food security. This is because most African countries heavily rely on climate for their agricultural production. As a result, the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has put in place the generation of information and capacity building initiative that will ensure that member states and regional economic blocs mainstream climate change impacts in their development policies, frameworks and plans. In the East African Region, ACPC has partnered with the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) as the lead institution.
KIPPRA held an inception workshop on May 6, 2014 at Nairobi safari club. The workshop was out to make an assessment of agricultural production, climate change, agricultural trade and food security. The workshop which brought together partners from the EAC region, held discussions on the spatial effects of climate change on agricultural production and food security in the East African Community region, examining current medium as well as long-term effects; the implications on regional agricultural policy across political boundaries, within and across national boundaries; and the potential trade effects of climate change on food security in the EAC region.
KIPPRA is conducting a study that seeks to establish the evidence on the impact of climate change on agricultural systems, trade and food security in order to inform policies that will result in effective climate change adaptation frameworks that ensure food security in the East Africa Community region. The link between climate change and agricultural systems, trade and food security presents three components that are largely interlinked.