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Improving climate resilience for small-scale coffee farming systems in Uganda

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Lead Nordic partner NIRAS A/SCountry of Lead Nordic partner DenmarkLocal partner(s) National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises Ltd (NUCAFE)NCF grant size 499,886Total project cost 1,028,378Technologies Solar photovoltaic systemsMethods Agroforestry, Training, Value chain development


The project aims to create a climate change resilient coffee value chain in Uganda through the implementation of the farmer ownership model as well as investing in several mitigation and adaptation measures.

The project will identify the potential for adaptation and mitigation actions within the value chain of farmers associated with the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farmer Enterprises (NUCAFE). The most needed and feasible actions will thereafter be implemented to create the foundation for improving farmers ability to adapt to climate change as well as decreasing the emissions from several sources within the value chain. Furthermore, to create a green growth of the farmer community and provide a more sustainable livelihood for farmers, the project have a two folded approach of increasing their economic activity. 

The first approach is to increase the farmer’s knowledge and usage of climate-smart agricultural practices. This will be done through providing guidebooks in at least 5 different local languages. In addition, around 2000 farmers will be trained to ensure alignment of using climate-smart agricultural practices. This is most important as the farmer’s revenues is largely depending on the yields of coffee produced. By not changing their farmer practices, their yield can decrease significantly due to climate change.

The second approach to creating a green growth within the farmer’s community is to increase the revenue for each farmer by using the farmer ownership model. The model, see to it that the farmer is empowered to be responsible for value addition of their coffee instead of selling an unprocessed coffee bean directly after harvest. This will increase the farmer’s independence of intermediate coffee buyers and will also, enable them to sell their processed coffee at a higher price than their previously unprocessed coffee.

This project brings innovation through using the farmer ownership model that aims to create a climate resilient coffee farmer community that can prosper in a sustainable way. By also combining it with actually feasible investments and climate smart agricultural training, innovative solutions can be integrated into all steps of the coffee value chain in Uganda, thus creating a green growth within the sector.


  • Baseline Report including results of the quantification of potential emission reductions and adaptation benefits.
  • Technical note to UNFCCC on the potential for adaptation and mitigation actions in the Ugandan coffee value chain.
  • Farmer Ownership Model improved and implemented with at least 90% of targeted beneficiary coffee farming families operating within the Farmer Ownership Model by the end of the project.
  • Pilot project implemented demonstrating adaptation and mitigation possibilities at farm and factory levels.
  • Specialty coffee brand developed and presented to buyers.
  • Upscale Report developed for national as well as international climate resilient coffee production value chain.

Source: https://www.nordicclimatefacility.com