Uganda Ranked Africa’s Top Coffee Exporter
Uganda has been ranked Africa’s Number one coffee exporter according to the International Coffee Organization (ICO) Statistics.
The country upstaged Ethiopia in 2014/2015 to become Africa’s number one and seventh globally.
Reports show that approximately 2.24million 60kg bags were exported by Uganda in the period.
In order to consolidate these gains, Uganda has also received a $1.3bn grant from USAID’s Feed the Future Initiative which seeks to improve Uganda’s coffee productivity for 20,000 smallholder farmers in 22 coffee growing districts. The project will last a maximum of two years.
Experts in the coffee industry say Uganda’s performance means that farmers need to produce more so that they continue retaining this position and improve their incomes further.
According to the ICO, the demand for coffee is strong in many countries particularly in traditional markets (Canada, EU, Japan, Norway, Switzerland, USA, others) but the biggest potential is in emerging markets (Algeria, Australia, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine, others) and coffee exporting countries.