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NUCAFE: National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises

One of NpM's working groups, a research has been carried out titled: "Finance for Smallholders - Opportunities for risk management by linking financial institutions and producer organisations"

The NpM Rural Finance working group focuses on improving its members' activities to increase access to financial services in rural areas.

In this light, the group decided in February 2014 to research which bottlenecks exist to finance smallholders, thereby identifying opportunities for risk management through linking financial institutions and producer organisations, in the countries Ethiopia, Mali, Rwanda and Uganda.

National Coffee Policy gets Shs1.3b boostU.S. Mission Uganda, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has committed Shs1.3 billion to the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE) for the implementation of the National Coffee Policy in 22 coffee growing districts in Uganda.

NUCAFE is currently implementing a two-year program called "Gender Based Advocacy for the Implementation of the National Coffee Policy," that will reach 20,000 farmers across Uganda's coffee growing regions.

Joseph Nkandu - Executive Director NUCAFEEfforts to implement the National Coffee Policy got a shot in the arm after the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) earmarked $480,000 (approximately sh1.37b) towards promoting government of Uganda's coffee sector development plans as stipulated in the policy.

The policy is expected to rejuvenate Uganda's coffee sector.

This funding is channelled through the National Union of Coffee Agri-businesses and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE), a local entity that is taking on the task of popularising the policy among all actors in the coffee value chain.

Good for HeartPeople who drink three to five cups of coffee a day may have a lower risk of clogged arteries that can cause serious heart problems, a study has said.

The South Korean research is the latest on the health effects of the popular brew, previously associated with a reduced risk of developing multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's and Alzheimers disease.

For the latest study, the team analysed data from 25,100 South Korean men and women, average age 41, who had undergone regular health screening.

MPs block coffee dealsThe parliamentary committee on commissions, statutory authorities and state enterprises has recommended that Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) terminates its dealings with three coffee companies.

The companies are M/S Mt. Elgon Coffee Ltd, Uganda- Egypt Coffee Manufacturing Company (UGEMCO) and a Chinese company.

The recommendations are contained in the committee's report to Parliament on UCDA read to Parliament by the chairperson, Ssemujju Nganda, last week.

The committee gave UCDA six months to write off from their books of accounts shareholding in the joint ventures or be punished. The report is yet to be debated by the House.

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