Uganda it’s not by chance that they call her the ‘Pearl of Africa’, while admiring its “magnificent variety of form and colour, profusion of brilliant life and its vast scale”. Benefiting from a bi-modal rainfall season and high altitudes, the country has a pleasant climate all year round and is lush with greenery. The mountain ranges to the east and west are home to Uganda’s Arabica farmers.
The Rwenzoris are famously known as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’.
They stretch for120 km along the Western Uganda border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. The snow capped peaks reach 5,109 m.a.s.l. while the glaciers are the start of many rivers flowing down the slopes. The area is home to the Bakonzo tribe, proud and strong people that have farmed the foothills of the Rwenzori for as long as they can remember. The high altitude, fertile soils and plentiful rainfall provide perfect growing conditions for Arabica coffee. Coffee offers the Bakonzo farmers a stable income that allows them to support their families and develop their homes. The coffee is grown under the shade of banana trees
The Bakonzo Farmers are located in the West of Kasese District
The area has many small towns situated on the lowlands, which are joined by good road networks. These towns provide ideal locations for coffee processing and are home to many farmer groups, primary processors and it is in one of these towns, Kisinga, where Kyagalanyi has located its first Coffee Station in the area. At this station, Kyagalanyi is focusing on high quality speciality natural Arabica.
In general, each farmer has a farm of about 2 acres. The work on the farm is generally done by hand, involving all family members. The groups work together to process and market their coffee, an approach known as ‘share farming’. This helps them to improve processing , better control quality and increase their marketing ability
Kyagalanyi aims to build long term relationships
with groups, and work closely with them to develop the value chain. The work in the Bakonzo County has only recently begun, but already Kyagalanyi is assisting farmers with better market information, improved prices for better quality, and advice on how farmers can improve their primary processing techniques. This area will soon become part of the Kyagalanyi Coffee Services program which aims to sustainably increase coffee production and quality. we are very happy to work with them.