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NCF 6: Growing Resilient Agricultural Enterprises (GREAN) in Uganda

Photo: Vi Agroforestry
Photo: Vi Agroforestry
Photo: Vi Agroforestry
Photo: Vi Agroforestry
Photo: Vi Agroforestry
The project aims at contributing to improved sustainable livelihoods for small-scale coffee producers in Uganda through climate adaptation and mitigation measures in Bukomansimbi, Bushenyi, Ibanda Mbarara, Mitooma, Ntungamo and Sheema districts.

Growing Resilient Agricultural Enterprises (GREAN) in Uganda
Ref: NDF C83

Nordic Partner: Vi Planterar Träd (Vi Agroforestry)
Local Partner: Africa Fairtrade Network
Other Partner: Ankole Coffee Producers Cooperative Union Ltd.
Other Partner: Banyankole Kweterana Cooperative Union Ltd.
Other Partner: Kibinge Coffee Farmers' Cooperative Society Ltd.
Total Project Cost: EUR 660,000
NCF Financing: EUR 500,000
Agreement Signed: 9 March 2017
Project type: Combination
Duration: 30 months

Project objective

Overall objective: To contribute to improved sustainable livelihoods for small-scale coffee producers in Uganda through climate adaptation and mitigation measures, specifically Sustainable Agriculture Land Management and climate friendly energy solutions.

1. Increasing climate adaptation and mitigation capacity of small-scale coffee farmers living in poverty, for increased crop yields.
2. Enhance competitiveness of Small Producer Organisations by improving the volume and value of coffee sold.
3.Increase climate change mitigation capacity by promoting climate friendly energy-businesses and Fairtrade Carbon Crediting providing green growth livelihood opportunities for women and youth.

Main results/outputs:

  • Capacity of 10,000 coffee farmers in 3 Small Producer Organisations to implement Sustainable Agricultural Land Management (SALM) practices strengthened.
  • Participation of three SPOs along the coffee value chain enhanced through organisational strengthening as well as through development of new local and regional markets
  • Women and youth’s participation in decision-making in SPOs and households enhanced.
  • Access to and adoption of climate friendly energy cook stoves and coffee husk briquettes, enabling Fairtrade Carbon Credits (FCC), employment and income generation opportunities for women and youth.
  • Financial literacy and access to financial services for women and youth in SPOs improved.



The GREAN Project is an initiative responding to several challenges facing Ugandan coffee farmers including unsustainable farming methods, climate change, market failures as well as inefficient and unsustainable energy sources and uses; all of which are currently translating into declining production and income. The project will promote SALM and agroforestry practices which can reduce pressure on agricultural and forest lands, increase soil fertility and intensify coffee productivity, which in turn raise incomes and reduce poverty. The project will mobilize and train 10,000 farmers organised in 405 groups from 3 small coffee producer cooperatives through participatory group approach, using farmer-led implementation, training of trainers and learning sites serving as centres for technology, e.g. Farmer Field Schools and demo sites.

GREAN project will enable increased access to local/regional coffee markets for the SPOs by aiming to introduce Producer Owned quality Fairtrade labelled Robusta coffee on the Ugandan market for the first time. It will also enable carbon sequestration and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by introducing improved cook stoves (in line with Improved Cook Stoves for East Africa CDM/Gold Standard project), and coffee husk briquettes, benefitting particularly women and youth through sales of stoves and briquettes. Farmers will be able to access carbon credits and financial resources from the private sector.

Green growth for improved livelihoods will be fostered, enabling SPOs and their members to benefit from increased access to local and regional coffee markets. GREAN project aims to improve the position of farmers in the value chain, by building their capacity in marketing and product development, to enable them to keep more of the value of their coffee. Additionally, the project will employ innovative household tools such as the gender balance tree, household visioning and the leadership empowerment map to support families in joint planning and decision making, empowering women and youth.

Relevance for climate change

The GREAN project interventions will improve productivity, resilience capacity and adaptation in agriculture, especially coffee, and contribute to mitigation of climate change while reducing poverty and creating jobs for women and youth, and it is in line with the climate change policy and governance framework of Uganda. For example, the project will contribute to the Uganda Green Growth Development Strategy (UGGDS) 2015 by creating new sustainable employment opportunities for women and youth. The UGGDS aims to contribute to eradicating poverty as well as to enhance sustained economic growth and social inclusion, improving human welfare and creating opportunities for employment while maintaining the healthy functioning of the Earth's ecosystems. The Uganda National Climate Change Policy 2012 (NCCP) promotes agricultural measures that increase productivity, sustainable agricultural systems and value addition to enhance food security, resilience and reduced carbon emissions, which this project contributes to through SALM, agroforestry and fuel-efficient cookstoves.

Innovation aspects

The project will promote climate-friendly stoves in line with the Improved Cookstoves for East Africa (ICSEA) CDM/Gold Standard project to these SPOs for the first time. Also, through briquette production, GREAN will make use of what would otherwise be waste – a product already available from the SPOs. There are similar energy-efficient cookstoves on the market in Uganda, however few use briquettes and not all burn briquettes efficiently; GREAN project will ensure that properly designed briquette-burning stoves that are recognised for their emissions are supplied and sold by women and youth, thus innovatively creating jobs for them. The project will innovatively introduce Producer Owned/ Fairtrade labelled coffee in Uganda for the first time, this will be locally processed and packaged Ugandan Robusta coffee, to the local market. GREAN project also aims to bring quality Robusta roast coffee to the East African market for the first time.

More information

GREAN brochure
Vi Agroforestry
Africa Fairtrade Network
Ankole Coffee Producers Cooperative Union
Banyankole Kweterana Cooperative Union
Kibinge Coffee Farmers' Cooperative Society