Under this program, we initiate household improvement projects, mainly coffee. This crop being one of the leading cash crops in the country is grown by most of the people therefore, we think it’s a very good channel through which people’s livelihoods can be boosted. We are working with 2,200 families under the coffee program, organized under 46 farmer groups and mature entrants program.
The Bee Project
Other interventions include bee program and 20 apiaries have been established already for honey production.
We also developed a technology of mitigating drought that has constantly been a challenge to coffee growing in this area. We have named it the “Butterfly Drought Management System” that collects up to 35,000 liters of water and can irrigate an acre of coffee up to 3 months of no rain.
Coffee in Uganda
Coffee in Uganda is predominantly grown by small holder farmers. Currently Celebrate Hope has 2200 registered farmers. The estimated yield for Robusta that is the main type in Rakai is 700 Kgs per hectare. The coffee sector has opportunities starting from seedlings, farm management, harvesting, drying, hulling grading, gravity tabling and color sorting, roasting beverage and export.