Inclusive Markets for Uganda - Amélioration des Marchés du Miel et du Cacao (en angl.)

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.

lira, Uganda
Durée du projet
2017 - 2020
Financé par
  • Direction du développement et de la coopération DDC
  • Medicor Foundation
  • Dons

Le projet

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. Training and continuing education for smallholder farmers
    Through targeted trainings and continuing education courses, beneficiaries will learn new planting techniques, how to use state-of-the-art equipment, management, crop protection, fertilisers, seed, etc., or else beekeeping and processing beekeeping products.
  2. Access to market information and building business relations 
    The project is making an important contribution to building farmer organisations, linking producers with buyers through price and purchase guarantees, as well as access to new markets and information along the cocoa and honey value chains.
  3. Access to financial services
    Farmers will learn basic financial management skills, which they will be able to apply with savings and credit cooperatives. They will expand their financial security and independence. The project also promotes access to formal banks and credit unions as well as to innovative financial services (e.g. microleasing).
  4. Diversifying planting strategies in the cocoa sector (vegetable gardening and beekeeping)
    Women and young adults will be supported in the introduction of vegetable gardens and honey production. This will help poor smallholder farmer families to improve their food security.
  5. Improving the policy and regulatory frameworks 
    Developing and implementing improved regulatory frameworks such as export regulations, standards, and certification.



  • A total of 23 265 beekeepers and cocoa farmers (31% women) benefited from advisory services and training measures.
  • As a result, 6 235 beekeepers (28% women) and 11 615 cocoa farmers (30% women) increased their annual income thanks to the knowledge and skills acquired and the access to the market.
  • The smallholders, farmers' organisations and local partners created up to 590 new jobs in the two sectors.
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.