NUCAFE, the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises is an Umbrella National Coffee Farmers’ Organization founded way back in 1995. NUCAFE has relentlessly empowered and organized smallholder coffee farmers who have using the Farmer Ownership Model to assume more roles and functions within the coffee value chain for enhanced productivity, value addition, profitability and policy advocacy. NUCAFE has grown its membership to over 188 farmer organizations that represent over 200,000 farming households and more than 1,000,000 individual smallholder coffee farmers from all coffee growing regions in Uganda.
NUCAFE, using the Farmer Ownership Model has enabled farmers upgrade along the value chain for enhanced productivity, value addition and profitability. Over the years, NUCAFE has registered significant landmarks as a champion in offering exceptionally high quality coffees at its own coffee shop right at the centre of Kampala city and to its high end market off takers locally and internationally. Using this model, NUCAFE has made enormous investment across the entire value chain from the coffee nurseries, farmer groups, bulking, processing, roasting and packaging through the Centre for Agribusiness and Farm Entrepreneurship Enhancement (CAFÉ) as well as export.