Environmental Guiding Principles for NUCAFE

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Environmental Guiding Principles for NUCAFE

In recent years, deforestation, poor agricultural practices, erratic weather, social unrest and climate change have threatened the livelihoods of Uganda’s coffee farmers. As the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE), we believe that the health of the environment determines the social wellbeing and livelihoods of those involved in the coffee value chain by determining the quality of the process and product. For this reason, we are committed to mobilizing stakeholders to adapt to and mitigate climate change and conserve the environment from farm to cup. Built on the foundation of the Farmer Ownership Model, NUCAFE is dedicated to improving climate change resilience in farmers at the farm and factory levels. When farmers practice both adaptation and mitigation measures, they are able to sustain production and increase their household incomes.

Through the establishment of Centre for Agribusinesses and Farmer Entrepreneurship enhancement (CAFÉ) in Namanve-Kiwanga, farmers access affordable processing, grading, warehousing, and training services, and employment is provided to the young generation. Because the factory is situated in a wetland environment, careful wetland management has been designed in order to conserve the natural features of the area.

Agribusiness and quality management require careful environmental management to be successful, so below we have outlined Environmental Guiding Principles, which NUCAFE is committed to.

Key terms are defined at the end of the document.

Climate Smart Agricultural Practices:

We believe that for Uganda’s coffee industry to sustain itself, climate smart agricultural practices should be implemented and transferred from one generation to another.

  • Train and skill farmers, especially youth and women through workshops in green entrepreneurship, irrigation, soil and fertility management, fertilizer production and proper application, agroforestry, and safe pest and disease control
  • Provide affordable alternative fuel options to encourage agroforestry on coffee farms
  • Support research and development of climate smart agricultural practices and technologies
  • Develop opportunities for eco-tourism, where visitors can learn about climate smart, environmentally friendly coffee

Transparency and Accountability:

Factory Workplace Safety:

Limiting Waste:

Shifting and Reducing Energy Use:

Conservation at the Factory Site:

Building Community Relationships:


Key Terms