According to the International Coffee Organisation (ICO) Statistics, Uganda upstaged Ethiopia in 2014/2015 to become Africa’s number one coffee exporter and seventh globally.
Approximately 2.24million 60kg bags were exported by Uganda in the period. In order to consolidate these gains, Uganda has also received a $1.3bn grant from USAID’s Feed the Future Initiative which seeks to improve Uganda’s coffee productivity for 20,000 smallholder farmers in 22 coffee growing districts.
The project will last a maximum of two years.
According to the ICO, the demand for coffee is strong in many countries, particularly in traditional markets (Canada, EU, Japan, Norway, Switzerland, USA, others) but the biggest potential is in emerging markets (Algeria, Australia, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine, others) and coffee exporting countries.
The International Coffee Organization (ICO), established 1963 in London, was initiated in collaboration with the United Nations (UN) to enhance cooperation between nations that consume, distribute and produce coffee.
As of 2014, its 45 members consist of 39 exporting nations, 6 importing nations and 1 importing community (the European Union).
Yesterday, President Yoweri Museveni commissioned a coffee processing factory managed by the Ankole Coffee Producers Cooperative Union.
The union serves about 8200 farmers from the districts of greater Bushenyi and Ntungamo, from whom it buys coffee.
It exports around 1500 tons of annually.
President Museveni applauded this initiative as it not only provides employment but also market for farmers produce.
He was happy to note that the factory also processes coffee beans into coffee that is ready for consumption.
Source: State House