SHFs in Uganda are on five times less productive than Vietnamese SHFs. There is an important potential for yield uplift by applying GAP and R&R.
High competition between traders promotes the trading and sale of poor quality coffee, with few incentives for the farmers to invest in the improvement of the quality of their product. Price premiums for quality would incentivize farmers to invest.
1.7 million farmers are growing coffee in Uganda, mostly Robusta. They are typically small farmers (average of 200 trees), mostly unorganized and weakly connected to markets.
The program targets disconnected and unorganized farmers.
Coffee trees in Uganda are on average 50 years old. Most of them would require renovation or intensive rehabilitation alongside with GAP.
The program does not focus on R&R per se, but creates farmers structures that can later serve as entry points for R&R implementers.