Coffee makes up 95 percent of Uganda’s yearly national exports, providing a livelihood for an estimated 20 percent of the population. Uganda is one of the world’s largest robusta coffee producers as the plants are indigenous to their land. In fact, the country’s rainforests are home to one of the oldest varieties of coffee plants found in the wild.
It’s common in Uganda for smallholder farmers to intercrop their coffee trees with traditional food crops, usually using shade trees such as bananas. In these self-sustaining conditions, coffee is left to grow naturally, flowering on average of twice a per year.
Following the success of our Agribusiness Training Program in Rwanda, we were able support the implementation of similar practices in Uganda. By sharing these methods with local farmers, we are able to support the growth of Ugandan coffee production shown through an increase in both the quality of the coffee and the yield farming families see year to year.