Opportunities in Uganda’s Arabica value chain

Policy brief Firms

  • Coffee is an important part of the Ugandan economy, stably generating around 15% of export earnings for the past 15 years, even as other exports have risen.
  • Uganda produces 1% of the world’s Arabica crop, but while its production is increasing and is highly competitive, it has been overlooked by trade and consumers.
  • The project explored two policy options for developing the Arabica sector. Firstly, improving market positioning and pricing, and secondly, structural changes to upgrade the value chain in the west.
  • The brief provides three specific policy recommendations that, if taken up, could generate an estimated additional value to the coffee sector of $45 million per year before any volume effects.