Based on the 49th State of the Nation Platform, youth unemployment stands at between 64% and 70%, and about 400,000 youths are released annually into the job market to compete for approximately 9,000 available jobs. About 30% of the youths who are institutionally qualified in Uganda are unable to find jobs, and the situation is even worse for semi-skilled and unskilled youths. Youths who remain unemployed or underemployed and do not exploit their full potential, are often associated with high incidences of drug abuse and gambling. Unemployed youths migrate from rural to urban areas for work, which negatively impacts on the social services sector in urban centers. Ugandan youths shun the agricultural sector, one of the biggest employers in rural areas, preferring to work in service sector jobs like riding motorcycle (boda-bodas), taxis, or as low-wage laborers in industries.
Though there is an increased segment of the youth attaining better education through higher access to primary andDespite government intervention of issuing soft loans and youth grants to Agricultural platforms, the problem of youth unemployment remains high. In response to this state of affairs, NUCAFE championed and successfully organized the 1st ever Uganda National Coffee festival, 2015 that attracted over 3,000 participants which included, coffee farmers, university students, policy makers, exporters, coffee shop business leaders, financial institutions, agricultural entities, corporate companies within the public and private sectors at a one stop center. This was an exceptionally exciting event for all attendees with large mileage attained in promoting youth innovations and their innovative brands under the theme, “Youth and coffee innovations; an avenue for job creation”.
In line with the Guest of honor’s call, to host this as annual event, we are currently organizing for the 2nd Uganda National Coffee festival 2016, at Mandela National Stadium under the theme “Skilling the youth; The Nation Prospers”, in which we expect over 5,000 participants on 4th November, 2016 from 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. under a rigorous, exciting, innovative and entertaining one stop event. This will be an exciting event for the coffee fraternity to promote innovative businesses by skilling and exposing the youth to different opportunities along the coffee value chain at a one stop event. This is to ensure that more youths find employment and create jobs in Uganda.
The overall objective of the national coffee festival is to promote coffee innovations across the entire coffee value chain for a changed mindset and skilling of youth for jobs creation and entrepreneurship development.
- To promote innovations, youth skilling and employment in agribusinesses.
- To foster promotion, business networking and building of strategic business partnerships across the value chain.
- To create increased awareness about coffee business opportunities and healthy benefits for increased domestic coffee consumption.