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NTF III - Uganda Coffee

  • The NTF III Uganda Coffee project aims to contribute to job creation in Uganda by increasing export competitiveness of the coffee sector. In addition to contributing towards sustainable employment for coffee farmer associations in the sector, the project will also work with key Trade Support Institutions (TSIs) to ensure continued sustenance of the sector through improved institutional capacity and provision and dissemination of market intelligence.

    Overview of the coffee sector in Uganda

    Uganda is Africa’s second largest coffee producer after Ethiopia, and Africa’s largest coffee exporter. On a global scale, Uganda is in top 10 largest exporting countries, accounting for approximately 2.9% of world coffee exports. The coffee sector contributes to the Ugandan economy most significantly through its contribution to foreign currency earning and employment creation. Some representative numbers on the coffee sector in Uganda are as follows:

    • Coffee is Uganda’s principal export commodity, accounting for 18% of export earnings between 2000 and 2010.
    • The sector supports 500,000 smallholder coffee farmer producers and overall 3.5 million families participating in coffee related activities.
    • Uganda produces both Robusta and Arabica, with a production ratio of approximately 75% Robusta to 25% Arabica.

    Who is benefiting?

    The project is working directly with both private and public coffee stakeholders, namely National Union of Coffee Agri-business Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE), Uganda Coffee Farmers’ Alliance (UCFA) and Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA). Other affiliated coffee farmers associations and Uganda as a country are benefitting from enhanced sector competitiveness, increased exports and job creation.

    How are they benefiting?

    The project is implementing three major strategies to enhance the export competitiveness of the coffee sector: 1) increasing the export capacities of coffee farmer associations (FAs), 2) increasing capacity of three sector TSIs in providing services to export-oriented farmer association and /umbrella organisations, and 3) creating business linkages between coffee exporters and buyers;

    Main results achieved so far?

    The main results the project has achieved since its inception include:

    • Coffee farmers associations secured funding and increased coffee value by 20-30% per kilogram;
    • Trade Support Institutions built capacity in coffee price risk management and monitoring and evaluation management;
    • Business linkages were facilitated through interactions between buyers and sellers at major international trade fairs.

    Contact information

    RANCHON, Adrien
    +41 22 730 0322
    Project Manager – Uganda Coffee
    Netherlands Trust Fund Programme Phase III (NTF III) 


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