Uganda: Reforms needed as coffee industry faces challenges

By Robert Bociaga

Posted on Thursday, 2 March 2023 16:20
Hulling is a process which aims to remove the layer of parchment from the coffee bean. (photo by Robert Bociaga)

Uganda boasts of an agricultural sector that contributes over 20% of its GDP, with coffee being the leading export crop. However, in 2022, Ugandan coffee producers faced several challenges ranging from the effects of climate change to attempts to monopolise the sector. From the perspective of the coffee industry, badly-needed reforms could aid in dealing with the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Coffee is one of Uganda’s main exports, contributing to the country’s economy and providing livelihoods for millions of small-scale farmers across the country. Coffee production in Uganda goes back to the 19th century, and the country has since become one of the top producers of the crop in Africa.