With funding from the EU (European Union), NUCAFE is working to try to mark coffee and relate it to its region of production. Joseph Nkandu, the executive director of Nucafe, explained that although coffee is the country’s third most important foreign exchange earner it is high time Ugandan coffee is identified by region of production.
The Shs 5.8billion fund will be utilized in the three districts of Kasese (Rwenzori region), Kabarole and Bunyangabu and with institutions like Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) which will patent coffee, people will know that it is from Rwenzori, Mt Elgon.
“The geographical indication means increased competitiveness of Uganda’s coffee on the international market; this gives Uganda the opportunity to have ownership; empowering communities to take responsibility for the environment where the coffee if produced,” he said.
According to Executive Director of NUCAFE, farmers will now have three certifications, including fair trade, organic coffee, and geographical indications that way we characterize the coffees coming from that place, develop instruments that will see farmers add value.
“The project is to promote sustainable production and consumption patterns.We are looking at maximizing investments at all levels of the value chain.” he said.