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National Coffee Policy gets Shs1.3b boost

U.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.

The program will create awareness for effective participation in the implementation of the coffee policy. Policy implementation will help to enhance production and productivity, improve coffee research, enhance extension service delivery, support and strengthen farmer organizations, streamline and strengthen coffee laws and regulations, promote value addition processes, and develop the domestic coffee market.

With USAID support, NUCAFE is advancing one of the most essential principles of the coffee policy: to provide coffee development services to all farmers with special emphasis on women and youth. Through its gender based approach, NUCAFE is empowering women and youth to participate at all stages of the coffee value chain.

USAID Mission Director Leslie Reed said, “USAID is committed to supporting local organizations like NUCAFE to improve their capacity, build new, effective, and long-term partnerships and reduce the need for foreign assistance over time. Building capacity and increased partnership with the private sector and civil society, as well as government, will spur investment and growth while improving transparency and accountability.”