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Bugisu coffee farmers get skills boost

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The GIZ Employment and Skills for Development in Africa (E4D) programme has partnered with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Uganda and Olam Food Ingredients (OFI) to co-design a suite of scientifically-tested living income strategies, tailored to the diverse needs of coffee farmers in the Mount Elgon region of Uganda.

The intervention represents deeper support outside the usual blanket support provided through traditional service delivery models.

According to a press statement, the organisations will identify, test, assess, measure and apply the most efficient living income strategies for different farmer segments to reduce the living income gap and enable them to afford a decent standard of living for all members of their households.

“A farmer segmentation exercise will be conducted to enable the identification of different clusters of farmers with similar characteristics. By better understanding specific farmer characteristics, the private sector can more effectively target extension service delivery models,” Sarah Margiotta, the IITA Uganda Climate-Smart Agriculture Team Lead, explains in a statement.

The project will also train framers to optimise their investment in coffee, earn more from other on-farm activities, and thus reduce the living income gap by 20 per cent.

“As the backbone of Uganda’s economy, the agriculture sector is critical to the country’s economic development and this growth will be realised when smallholder farmers increase their yields and incomes. By implementing this project, E4D is contributing to the Ugandan government’s target to increase coffee production from 4.6 million bags a year to 20 million bags a year by 2025,” says Donald Agaba, Team Leader at GIZ E4D.

E4D is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and is co-funded in Uganda by the European Union (EU) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and is implemented by GIZ. E4D aims at improving employment opportunities in Africa.

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