Mountain Harvest

Mountain Harvest is an innovative coffee production company that works to raise the quality of life for smallholder Arabica coffee farmers on Mt Elgon in eastern Uganda, by increasing incomes, helping build farm and household assets and enhancing farmer resilience to shocks on a commercially and environmentally sustainable basis. The company was founded in 2017, with an investment from Lutheran World Relief’s [LWR] investment holding company, Ground Up Investing.

Statement of support

Mountain Harvest, a coffee company owned by Ground Up Investing - an investment arm of Lutheran World Relief was born to challenge the norms regarding coffee production in Uganda. We are a company committed to delivering high-quality, sustainable coffee produced under the best farming practices. Our core belief is to improve the quality of life of the farmers and demonstrate their unrealised potential. Our mission is to generate an ecosystem based on quality, promoting better terms of trade in the communities, ensuring stable living incomes, and generating a positive social and environmental impact.

Actor
Producer / Co-op
Action Networks
Partner Since 2020

Our Commitments

We strive for the best sustainable practices and an ever-growing impact on the local producers and communities. We are endeavouring to be the showcase example in the development and future growth of Ugandan high-altitude coffee.

Mountain Harvest commits to provide farmers it sources coffee from with superior terms of trade with respect to price, liquidity and transparency and to steadily build trusting and productive relationships with both farmers and roasters.

a] Ensure that by 2021 100% of the farmers supplying Mountain Harvest are organic certified

b] Ensure that by 2022 80% of the farmers working with Mountain Harvest practice good agricultural practices including application of organic fertilizers in their coffee farms

c] Ensure that by 2023 80% of the farmers working with Mountain Harvest have diversified income to meet the cost of a decent standard of living

In partnership with: Lutheran World Relief

Update

May 24, 2021

Although the reporting period falls in the COVID-19 period with its associated challenges, especially travel limitations and social distancing that affected farmer training schedule and marketing events, Mountain Harvest made significant gains and is now positioned to continue making progress towards helping farmers achieve a living income.

We have succeeded in introducing central coffee processing protocols, setting up central processing infrastructure and setting up systems for the collection and analysis of data that links processing protocols and cupping results.

Farmers maintained a minimum coffee cup quality of 84 points managed to place well in the Best of the Pearl International Cupping competition with Mountain Harvest’s coffee placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd for washed coffees. All coffee waste was used to produce organic fertilizer and where the fertilizer was applied there was a demonstration of a significantly higher yield.

For farmer incomes, the company increased incomes to farmers by increasing purchases of product and farm gate price, increasing the number of farmers selling cherry instead of parchment which increased revenue from coffee per annual crop cycle per farmer to $519. The company created employment opportunities for professional harvesters. Pilot farmers/groups received bee keeping equipment, avocado seedlings and quality legume seeds to establish alternative income generating products.

Status 95% complete
Target date 2023
Countries targeted Uganda