18 September 2013. The Trade and Environment Review 2013 is entitled Wake up Before it is Too Late: Make Agriculture Truly Sustainable Now for Food Security in a Changing Climate.
More than 60 international experts have contributed their views to a comprehensive analysis of the most suitable strategic approaches for dealing holistically with the inter-related problems of hunger and poverty, climate change, rural livelihoods and overcoming the severe environmental crisis of agriculture.
The report noted that despite the warning, vulnerability to increased frequency and intensity of droughts and floods in East Africa continue to suffocate the region’s economic growth.
The report added that with a population of approximately 130 million people, the East African Community (EAC) remains vulnerable to the imbalance between climate change, food security and trade.
Climate, food and trade experts said that while trade is critical for food stability in the grossly deficient regions, correcting existing imbalances between where food is produced and where it is needed will reduce irregularities that exist in agricultural output, food-processing and markets.