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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Improving the policy and regulatory frameworks
The project promotes the development and implementation of improved regulatory frameworks such as export regulations, standards and certification.
- 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.
- 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.
- In the cocoa sector, 6 793 farmers (31% women) improved their knowledge and skills in cocoa farming.
- In the honey sector, 4 850 beekeepers (26% women) improved their market position thanks to the growing business relationships of better organised farmer groups and services.
- In both value chains, 272 new jobs were created: 79 in the cocoa sector and 193 in the honey sector.