Investigating the current and future drivers and barriers to youth participation in the coffee value chain in Uganda
The National Union of Coffee Agribusiness and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE) was established in 1995 and has 175 members that altogether represent 170,000 households in Uganda. NUCAFE represents the interests of coffee farmers in Uganda and aims at farmer empowerment by focusing on social development and business development. The Government of Uganda regards coffee as a strategic commodity, and has the ambition to produce 20 million bags of coffee in 2020. Youth unemployment in Uganda is high with 64%. Involvement of youth in the coffee sector is regarded as important to achieve the ambitions of the Ugandan Government. ESFIM supports NUCAFE with identifying the key drivers and barriers to youth involvement in the coffee value chain. The research will result in an overview of policy actions that are needed to improve the enabling environment for job creation for the youth in the coffee value chain. Strategic actions are formulated for farmer organizations to contribute to job creation for the youth in the coffee value chain.
The research activities started in November 2016. NUCAFE expects that research will be finalized mid-2017.