Apart from it being one of the main Ugandan exports, it is also the main source of revenue for millions of farmers in Uganda. It becomes crucial to guarantee Social Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability criteria , by implementing certifications that affect coffee production.
It is in this regard that ACPL has obtained the UTZ Kapeh certification which also gives benefit to the farmers in terms of better prices, enhances our profitability and maintains the quality of coffee we export.
- i. Promoting Domestic Coffee Consumption
- ii. Certification of small holder farmers in Ibanda District.
Promotion of Domestic Coffee Consumption
- - Promotion of domestic coffee consumption is being done through the use of a coffee mobile cart that has been to different parts of the country over the last two years.
- - A second phase to this project is underway to have another similar cart on the road to reach more Ugandans. Under this phase the following has been done so far:
- - A local fabricator has been identified and taken through the specifics of what is to be done. A formal quotation and design are expected by end of October and fabrication is to start thereafter.
Certification of Small Scale Farmers in Ibanda
- - So far, a total of 1,075 Farmers in Ibanda have been contracted and are now ready to be audited and certified.
- - Of this total, 35% are females and 13% are youths.
- - All farmers have been grouped into groups of 25-30 farmers, trained in the key UTZ Standard aspects in preparation for the certification slated for November 19th 2015.
Challenges and Way ForwardACPL lacked a project implementation officer when this second phase rolled out. This has however been addressed as an experienced officer was brought on board in June 2015. Most of the farmers are ageing and the coffee trees are old. ACPL is addressing this through;
- - On-going partnership with UCDA to avail quality planting materials
- - Identifying & supporting two other nurseries through trainings so all project farmers have access to planting materials.
Future PlansACPL would like to commit to this partnership with Solidaridad and to work with more farmers as well as develop the PDCC further. We however would like to consolidate the on-going efforts in both areas of the project this year and propose increment of the number of farmers certified every year as well as procure another coffee cart and station it in the project area.
The Sustainable Coffee Program, by IDH, is a global, pre-competitive public-private initiative where IDH has partnered with ACPL in a 2 year with the aim of increasing production, yields and export availability of sustainably grown coffee, enabling coffee producers to become more resilient in an ever-changing market.
The project area is the 3 districts of Ibanda, Kiruhura and Kamwenge.
We have a factory and field office located at Nyabuhikye 5 kilometers from Ibanda town in Ibanda District; and is currently working in partnership with small holder coffee Farmers and other value chain actors from the neighbouring Districts. Our coordinating office is located on Plot 6/8 Nyondo Close, Bugolobi Industrial Area , in Kampala.