In Uganda, International Coffee Partners (ICP), empowers farmer organizations to deliver expansion, access to higher value markets, improved market information, economies of scale through lower costs of inputs and services and linkages with other service providers. ICP believes this will strengthen the position of smallholder producers in the value chain and enhance their competitiveness. Having reached 38,000 farmer family households since the projects start in 2005 is a significant accomplishment in its own right. However, the project has achieved great success by establishing 58 depot committees (cooperatives) as service providers to their members. It has also enabled value addition of coffee through farmer organizations by approximately 20%, and depot committees are now regarded as interesting business partners for exporters which have led to Ibero Uganda, Kyagalanyi (Volcafe) and Great Lakes to develop commercial relationships with them.
Hectars of Coffee
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).