Between January and June 2018, the Inclusive Markets Uganda (IMU) Project which promotes the development of cocoa market systems, reached 2,425 smallholder cocoa farmers in Bundibugyo, Mukono, Hoima, Kibaale-Kagadi, and Buikwe Districts. A total 1,974 farmers were organised into 88 groups and sold 180,014kgs of cocoa to ICAM Chocolates Ltd., an Italian based company, and two other District Apex Farmer Organisations; Bunyoro Cooperative Society Ltd. and Semuliki Cooperative Union. Within the six months, the smallholder farmers have been able to earn an impressive CHF 394,638.6 (UGX 1,460,162,900).
Since 2017, a total of 4,026 smallholder cocoa farmers (1,565 female) have sold 1,179,814kgs of cocoa and earned CHF 2,024,764.2 (UGX 7,165,602,350). The IMU Project seeks to create more sustainable working mechanisms between the farmers and various market actors to increase the smallholders’ income, employment opportunities and livelihoods within the cocoa market system.