The theory of change

More knowledge

Farmers learn more about Good Agricultural Practices


Farmers apply Good Agriculture Practices

higher yield

Coffee yields increase by 50%
and more

higher income

Higher coffee production generates additional income

improved livelihood

Livelihoods improved 

The progam

The Uganda Coffee Agronomy Training ​Program aims to achieve coffee yield increases and livelihood improvements for 60,000 coffee smallholders by training them on Good Agricultural Practices. The goal is to achieve at least a 50% increase in coffee yields across participating households. 

Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung and TechnoServe are each offering training to 30,000 families in 3 annual cohorts. Activities are located in and around the following districts: Kakumiro, Sembabule, Kibale, Kagadi, Kyenjojo, Ntungamo, Mbarara, Sheema and Bushenyi. To learn more about the training, please click here. 


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To hold ourselves accountable to the actual impact we achieve and to generate better, scientific evidence on how effective agronomy training is in raising coffee yields, we accompany the program with an independent randomized controlled trial. To read more about our approach to impact measurement and evaluation, please click here

The program is currently planned for 4-5 years.


Current progress

Training of the first cohort of farmers started in August 2018 both for Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung and TechnoServe. Since then, the 2 organizations held a total of 3,056 training sessions with an average attendance of 15 farmers.

(Latest update: Jan. 2019)



Who are the farmers we train?

Example from the Kakumiro Region

66% of the farms are managed by men, 12% by women and 22% by both husband and wife. 
A typical household has 7 members: 2 farmers, 4 children and 1 additional adult
73% of the female farmers and 86% of the male farmers have some level of formal education
The 3 main income generating activities in Kakumiro are maize, beans, and coffee. 
On average, male coffee farmers are 45 and female farmers 40 years old. 
On average, farmers report owning 0.6 hectares of land planted with coffee, or 103 coffee trees. 
95% of households report having faced serious financial shocks and 46% of the households also faced food shortages.
Why Uganda?
Uganda is one of the top producers of Robusta coffee.
In the coffee year 2017/18, Uganda exported 4.6 million bags of coffee. Robusta made up almost 4/5 of exports.
Uganda's coffee is produced by 1.8 million coffee farmers. More than half of them still live on on less than $3 a day. At 420 kg of green coffee per hectare, coffee yields and comparatively low. And many coffee growers are struggling with small, shrinking farm sizes. 


Where in Uganda?
HRNS project regions 
TNS project regions 
1. cohort
2. cohort
Kibale, Kagadi, Kyenjojo
Ntungamo, Sheema, Bushenyi, Mbarara
3. cohort
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