Trade for Development Centre is a programme of Enabel, the Belgian development agency.

Gumutindo Coffee Cooperative

Made up of 10,044 smallholder expert coffee farmers, Gumutindo was created in 2000 by some of the basic cooperatives (primary societies), which emerged from the ruins of the older Ugandan cooperative system. Since the organisation is located on the slopes of Mount Elgon where the subtropical climate and the fertile volcanic soil is ideal for coffee production, it is […]

The National Association of Women’s Organizations in Uganda (NAWOU)

Founded in 1992, the National Association of Women Organisations in Uganda (NAWOU) is a non-governmental umbrella organisation for more than 1,000 local women’s associations in Uganda. Their objective is to promote the growth of a strong women’s movement that advocates for the rights of women and to enhance their social-cultural, economic and political status. Originally established to coordinate and represent […]

NOGAMU: the National Organic Agricultural Movement of Uganda

Linking Ugandan farmers to the organic and fair trade markets Everyone who has visited Uganda agrees that its fruit and vegetables are delicious and of superior quality. However, the farmers who grow them barely make enough money to provide for their families. For this reason, the Trade for Development Centre partnered with NOGAMU, the National Organic Agricultural […]

Rwenzori Farmers’ Cooperative Union (RFCU)

On the slopes of Mount Ndali, close to Rwanda and Congo, a British major developed Ndali Estate into a major tea plantation. In the 1970s, the estate was confiscated by Idi Amin Dada’s militia but was returned twenty years later to a grandniece who soon associated with the local farmers. 1,200 farmers joined forces in the Mubuku Vanilla Farmers Association (recently […]

KIBINGE Coffee Farmers

Mainly made up of small producers, Kibinge was founded in 1995 by coffee farmers in the Masaka region (south of Uganda). They seek to provide technical services in agricultural production, gender integration, poverty eradication, value addition and market access to complement the Uganda governmental programmes. By providing services directly linked to coffee production and sales to its members (processing, certification, transport, marketing, etc.), Kibinge has remained true […]

CURAD Incubator

The Consortium for Enhancing University Responsiveness to Agribusiness Development (CURAD Incubator) is a public-private partnership initiative promoted by Makerere University, the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE), and the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO). The consortium aims to create opportunities for talented, innovative and entrepreneurial young people to commercialise innovations and technologies generated by the agricultural research […]

EWAD and Syanyonja Artisan Miners’ Alliance (SAMA)

In the remote Busia district, in eastern Uganda, more than 600 farmers try to complement their scarce incomes with gold exploitation. However, on top of the environmental costs caused by open mining, workers struggle to make ends meet due to the untrustworthy middlemen they have to deal with. Eventually, the gold ends up with a distant buyer who can […]


Formerly known as Nsangi Coffee Farmers Association (NCFA), CECOFA was founded in 2005 by a small group of entrepreneurial farmers and is now made up of 3,200 employees (of which 750 are women) within the districts of central Uganda. CECOFA AND THE NEXT GENERATION However, although the number of employees rose, ageing of the farming population is an […]

Easy Afric Designs

Located in Kampala, Easy Afric Designs Ltd. (EAD) was created in 2001 by Sarah Nakisanze, an industrial artist and teacher. With her passion for artistic creation, she sought to build an artisanal network and translate creations into industrials products for all. This led her research on the rejuvenation of the Ugandan barkcloth – a world […]

Mount Elgon agroforestry Communities cooperative entrerprise limited – MEACCE

MEACCE is a farmers’ organisation that came into being in 2017 following the collapse of the Gumutindo Cooperative Union. The 3300 farmers growing coffee, banana and honey, located between 1300 and 2200 meters above sea level, mobilised and grouped together to register MEACCE in order to aggregate and export their coffee to fair trade markets. […]

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