Coffee is the main source of income for many smallholder farmers in Rwenzori region. The fertile hills of Rwenzori are conducive for Arabica coffee growing. However, many smallholder farmers are not benefiting much from the crop sales.
Justification for the project
Smallholder coffee farmers in Katebwa and Karangura subcounties in Kabarole district, Rwenzori region, Western Uganda, lose double by selling fresh coffee berries. First they are given lower prices. Second they lose the coffee husks which would be used as manure in their coffee fields e.g. if the coffee is hauled by the farmers group, the husks can easily be given to farmers to use as manure. Secondly, the unorganized smallholder farmers have no power to negotiate for better prices.
Organize farmers in groups the aim is to create a cooperative, a coffee depot
· The objective of this project is to organize farmers in groups; train smallholder Arabica coffee farmers’ groups in good agricultural practices and financial literacy.
· The expected outcome is that this will in the end enable the farmer in Rwenzori mountains make informed financial decisions to improve their livelihood.
· Empower farmers about coffee marketing and
· Encourage adherence to quality control mechanism