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.
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.