KAMULI COFFEE PROJECT “Establishing an export market for certified responsible coffee with smallholder farmers in Uganda” 2006 – 10 Kisozi Sub-County, Kamuli District, Central Eastern Uganda Number of Beneficiaries: 3,512
PROJECT GOALS: The overall goal of this project is to contribute to sustainability, pro-poor growth and social equity in coffee farming in Uganda by assisting smallholder coffee growers. Specifically the three levels of intervention are: improving productivity and quality obtaining certification from Utz Kapeh, the leading certification programme for responsible coffee production organizing farmers so that they become empowered to sell coffee without the interventions of middle men and directly access the international market for responsible coffee.
ACHIEVEMENTS SO FAR: The Utz Kapeh Code of Conduct Certification was awarded in November 2007. Compliance with this code will lead to premiums on certified coffee, higher incomes through improved yields and better base prices. Historically, responsible and traceable coffee yields an average premium of 10% above current market prices. Achieving Utz Kapeh certification and the improvement in productivity and quality that this entails is doing much to improve the position of smallholder coffee farmers in this most poverty-stricken sector of rural Uganda, empowering them to better access the international market and receive a fair price for their coffee.