Inclusive Markets Uganda: Improving Cocoa and Honey Markets in Uganda

Despite steady economic growth over the last 20 years, Uganda remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Currently, 33% of the population lives on less than US$1.90/day and suffers from high unemployment; this affects young people most severely. As Uganda is an agricultural society, support must be provided to the agriculture sector for the population to be able to climb out of poverty.

Bundibugyo, Uganda
Mayuge, Uganda
Mukono, Uganda
Hoima, Uganda
Buikwe, Uganda
Yumbe, Uganda
Rubirizi, Uganda
Nakaseke, Uganda
Mubende, Uganda
Kiboga, Uganda
Kyankwanzi, Uganda
Project duration
2017 - 2020
Financed by
  • Medicor Foundation
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC
  • Donations

The project

The project objective is to fight poverty, increase incomes, and create sustainable livelihoods for cocoa farmers, beekeepers, and other actors in these value chains. The project supports families of cocoa farmers and honey producers with various services. Through hands-on training and continuing education courses, these families are expanding their skills and knowledge. They are now able to improve quality and increase yields. In tandem, Swisscontact is helping farmers to sell their products. Producer organisations improve their negotiation skills, building stable relations with buyers and winning new sales markets. Through their successful integration into the market system, smallholder farmer families are able to generate secure and livelihood-sustaining incomes.

Project activities

  1. Initial and further training for smallholder farmers
    Through targeted trainings, beneficiaries will learn new planting techniques equipment usage, management, crop protection, fertilisers, seeds, etc., or beekeeping and processing of beekeeping products.
  2. Access to market information and building business relations 
    The project is making an important contribution by strengthening farmer organisations, linking producers with buyers through price and purchase guarantees, as well as promoting access to new markets and information along the cocoa and honey value chains.
  3. Access to financial services
    Farmers acquire basic financial literacy, which they can readily apply in savings and lending groups. Consequently, their financial security and independence enhance. The project also facilitates access to formal banks, savings and credit cooperatives as well as innovative financial services (e.g. microleasing).
  4. Diversification of cultivation strategies in the cocoa sector (vegetable production and apiculture)
    Women and young adults will be supported in the introduction of vegetable gardening and honey production. This helps poor smallholder farmer families to improve their food security.
  5. Improving the policy and regulatory frameworks
    The project promotes the development and implementation of improved regulatory frameworks such as export regulations, standards and certification.

Expected Results

Cocoa sector

  • 15,000 cocoa farmers (30% women) access further training as well as extension and advisory services.
  • 80% of them will be able to increase production by an average of 40% and their annual income by 30%.
  • 6,000 women and youth of the abovementioned cocoa farmers undergo additional training in vegetable gardening and beekeeping (under a diversification and food security initiative).
  • 340 new full-time jobs will be created in the cocoa sector.

Honey sector

  • 8,000 beekeepers (30% women) participate in further training courses.
  • 80% of them increase their revenues generated from honey by 35% and from beekeeping by-products by 30%. This will result in an income increase of 30%.
  • 500 new full-time jobs will be created in the honey sector.


Results 2017 - 2019

Beekeeping Market System:

  • A total of 7,182 beekeepers (31% women) were given access to relevant training, services and products offered by farmers' associations, private enterprises and local administrations.
  • Due to improved skills and networking with actors in the value chain, 80% of the beekeepers (5,710 people, 28% of them women) sold their honey and bee by-products, increasing their average annual income by 51%. In 2019 alone, 1 872 beekeepers, 30% of them women, increased their income by 30%.

Cocoa Market System:

  • In the cocoa sector, 10 948 farmers (33% women) acquired knowledge and skills in cocoa farming. 78% of them (8,550, of which 33% were women) were able to sell their cocoa and, thus, generating an additional annual income of +38% on average.
One bee at a time
In Kyankwanzi District, located in Central Uganda, lives Grace Nambasa, a 32-year old wife and mother of four children aged 16, 14, 8 and 4 years. She tells us her life story.

News about the project

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Swisscontact Uganda signs an MOU with Uganda Cooperative Alliance (UCA) to support key players in the agricultural and entrepreneurship ecosystems in Uganda.
On 19th October 2020, Swisscontact and Uganda Cooperative Alliance (UCA) Ltd signed an MOU that provides the framework for strengthening the collaboration between the two organizations.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
One Bee at a Time
In Kyankwanzi District located in Central Uganda, lives Grace Nambasa, a 32-year old wife and mother of four children aged 16, 14, 8 and 4 years. She happily tells us her life story. One that has seen her overcome several hurdles and start living her best life as a result of the knowledge she has acquired from Swisscontact's Inclusive Markets Uganda Project – Improving Markets for Cocoa and Honey in Uganda.