International Coffee Partners (ICP) in Uganda
Active since 2004
Current project phase until 2023
Uganda has one of the largest numbers of coffee growing households in the world. Coffee is one of the most exported commodities, contributing almost a third of foreign export earnings. However, the national production of coffee is dominated by smallholder coffee farmers. As coffee is the main cash crop in Uganda, it is one of the key income sources for many smallholder farmer families. Still, coffee farmers in Uganda face various challenges, which need to be overcome.
The current project is located in the districts of Luwero, Nakasongola and Nakaseke in Central Uganda. ICP in Uganda focuses on:
– strengthening the livelihood situation of famer families through further developing diversified production systems,
– increasing smallholder coffee farmers resilience to climate change,
– empowering farmer organizations,
– supporting the institutional capacity and performance of existing cooperatives,
– promoting gender equity through a gender household approach,
– improving the involvement of youths.
Since 2004, ICP has implemented projects in several coffee producing regions in Uganda. Click the following button to view all past projects and access the attached final reports:
Achievements since first project started:
Farmer Organizations ICP worked with
Total households reached
Trained Farmer Extensionists
830 in 2019 compared to 327 in 2017
Rate of women in project activities and trainings:
Increase of average household net income from coffee production compared to 2015:
124 % higher
Climate-smart agricultural practices adoption rate:
Good agricultural practices adoption rate:
69 % for pre-harvest practices
88 % for (post) harvest practices
Current project phase
Improve the livelihood situation of smallholder families in Uganda by:
– Increasing smallholder families resilience to climate change.
– Strengthening the exchange between stakeholders in Uganda through a Community of Practice.
– Strengthening of the performance and service delivery capacity of commercially focused Depot Committees.
– Supporting the institutional capacity and performance of 12 existing cooperatives making use of the established extension structure through the Farmer Field School network.
To support climate change resilience of smallholder coffee farmers in Uganda the coffee&climate approach has been incorporated into the project. The approach aims to facilitate the uptake of climate-smart agricultural practices throughout the coffee value chain with a focus on the level of production and processing. Climate-smart practices as developed within coffee&climate are further promoted to strengthen adaptation and mitigation strategies. Learning and experiences are documented for sharing locally and internationally via the coffee&climate toolbox.
Day In The Life Of A Coffee Farmer – Simon
It’s 4am. Many people in Mityana, Uganda are still in deep sleep. Many people, that is, except Simon Genza a young and enthusiastic coffee farmer. It is harvesting season and there is a lot to do. After saying his prayers and freshening up he revises his notes on agriculture. He does this because he is a contact farmer meaning he trains over 90 other coffee farmers in his community on good agricultural practices (GAP).