Uganda Coffee Agronomy Training
Coffee. Yield. Livelihoods.
About the program
The Uganda Coffee Agronomy Training Program (UCAT) works to improve the livelihoods of 60,000 Ugandan smallholders who grow Robusta coffee. It aims to increase their coffee yields by offering training on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). The goal is to achieve at least a 50% increase in productivity across participating households.
Agronomy training can substantially benefit smallholder farmers for relatively low investment in terms of time and money. It provides a cost-efficient way to begin improving smallholder income and wellbeing. And it allows to reach a large number of farmers in a relatively short amount of time.
UCAT is overseen jointly by Stichting Coffee Agronomy Training, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, Keurig Dr Pepper, and Enveritas.
How it works
Today, more than half of Uganda's 1.8 million coffee farmers still live below $3 per day. The average Ugandan Robusta farmer produces only 420 kg of green coffee per hectare. In comparison, a coffee farm in Vietnam yields 2,500 kg of coffee per hectare. Training on GAPs offers an effective starting point to increase coffee yields and to improve livelihoods.
UCAT works with Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung and TechnoServe who offer field-based, practical and participatory agronomy training to interested smallholder coffee farmers in selected coffee growing areas of Uganda.
Although the agronomy training of both implementing organisations do follow different approaches, they also share common themes. For example, a training cycle usually takes 24 months with one training session per month. The trainings are delivered by trainers recruited from the local community. The curriculum covers a broad set of GAPs for coffee husbandry in line with the coffee calendar.
Improving coffee livelihoods requires strategic, high-value investment of scarce resources, whether they come from the coffee industry, donors, governments, or communities. Interventions thus need to be rigorously identified and tested to be cost-effective and have high impact.
To hold ourselves accountable to the impact we achieve and to generate additional insights into effective approaches to offer support to coffee farmers, UACT rigorously monitors and evaluates program activities across 3 key components:
Every training session and its attendance rate is tracked -
in real-time and on an individual basis.
Best Practice Evaluation
3rd-party surveys independently assess Best Practice Adoption
among program participants
Randomized Controlled Trial
A randomized controlled trial (RCT) rigorously measures the impact of the training on smallholders' coffee yield
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