Economic Policy Paper Series

Economic Policy Paper Series #4

Uganda’s Coffee Sector: The Sleeping Giant? Can Financing Smallholder Farmers Unleash its Potential?

This study has prioritised the coffee industry: a welldeveloped global value chain in which 65% of Uganda’s smallholders are involved and which has enough global demand to absorb additional production from Uganda, with positive macroeconomic benefits for the country from foreign exchange earnings.

This study aims to understand the systemic constraints faced by Uganda’s coffee industry in attracting finance to
the sector. In search of this understanding, the paper seeks to answer three core questions: (i) what challenges and constraints do smallholder farmers face when attracting finance to the coffee sector? (ii) how have financing delivery mechanisms been utilised thus far, and what can we learn from cases of success or failure? (iii) what policy advice can contribute to lifting constraints that inhibit smallholder access to finance? The study relied on a desktop evidence review, ethnographic observation supplemented by interviews with key interview partners, and modelling assessment that aimed to accurately determine the number of smallholder farmers engaged in Uganda’s coffee industry.

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Wir stellen die Wirtschaftspolitik Ugandas auf den Prüfstand: Wie gestaltet sich wirtschaftlicher Fortschritt im Land? Welche Hindernisse stehen ihm im Weg? Welche Wirtschaftszweige haben das Potential, zum notwendigen wirtschaftlichen Strukturwandel im Land beizutragen und Arbeitsplätze zu schaffen? Und welche Aufgabe kommen dabei dem Privatsektor und dem Staat zu? Die Economic Policy Paper Series wird in Kooperation mit dem Centre for Development Alternatives veröffentlicht.

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Anna Reismann Judith Atim