Quick Facts

The project aims at supporting about 8,000 farmers and their families in Western Uganda.

Benificiaries

2012 – 2016

Duration

Project Status:

Running

Building Coffee Farmers Alliances – Arabica

The project in Kasese, Uganda, aims at supporting the development of about 8,000 farmers and their families in Western Uganda, in order to raise their competitiveness on the basis of professional and sustainable Arabica coffee production. This initiative will be linked to the “Building Coffee Farmers Alliances in Uganda” (CFAU) Project which already addresses about 35,000 Robusta coffee farmers in other locations in Uganda, also supporting them in improving their coffee production, marketing and access to other key services.

The project in Kasese, Uganda, aims at supporting the development of about 8,000 farmers and their families in Western Uganda, in order to raise their competitiveness on the basis of professional and sustainable Arabica coffee production. This initiative will be linked to the “Building Coffee Farmers Alliances in Uganda” (CFAU) Project which already addresses  about 35,000 Robusta coffee farmers in other locations in  Uganda, also supporting them in improving their coffee production, marketing and access to other key services.

The Rwenzori area in the west of Uganda is one of the 3 Arabica producing areas in Uganda. Coffee is produced on the slopes of the Rwenzori Mountains at altitudes between 1,200 and 2,200 m.   As opposed to the majority of the country, the cloudy mountain areas are much more suitable for the production of high quality Arabica.

Over 50,000 producers live in the area and the average farm size amounts to about 1 acre. The growers are subsistence farmers, and next to coffee as the main cash crop they produce food crops, however, given the small size of the plots and the rough terrain, food security remains a serious challenge for them. Less than 10% of the smallholders are organized in farmer groups, hence have poor market access. Their productivity and income is far below potential. The project supports the development of farmer organizations to enable better access to services, to markets and to value addition opportunities. This approach has already been successfully implemented elsewhere in the country with Robusta farmers ).

There are five focal areas of intervention which the project activities are addressing:

  1. Establishing and strengthening farmer organizations and linking them to the Uganda Coffee Farmers Alliance as the Apex organization;
  2. Increasing production and resilience to climate change following the approach of the initiative for coffee & climate;
  3. Enhancing coffee quality by improving post-harvest processing and handling
  4.  Increasing market access through bulk marketing and stronger bargaining power.
  5. Addressing gender equity for enhanced joint planning and decision making at household level.

To date approx.10,000 farmers have been trained on  Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and have been organized in 10 Depot Committees (second tier farmer organizations). This has created a more conducive and enabling business environment for further developing their agricultural production. More than 160 “Change Agents” are currently actively promoting the idea of gender equity to their communities, reporting about this in self-assessments that are shared every 6 months.