Slow Food Uganda, in collaboration with Coffee Quality Assurance LTD[i], are happy to announce the 3rd edition of the Slow food Coffee Festival which will take place on February 17th – 18th 2018 at Maluku grounds in Mbale, Eastern Uganda under the theme, “CELEBRATING UGANDA’S SPECIAL COFFEE VARIETIES”.
Today in Uganda as the nation boasts of over 1.3 million family coffee farms from where more than 5.5 million Ugandans directly derive their livelihoods. The heavy land fragmentation in the coffee growing areas has made coffee growing a predominantly small holder producers’ crop in a country where it is no doubt coffee farm production is a leading means of economic survival for the rural population.
Slow Food Uganda recognizes both the pecuniary and intrinsic value of coffee and the role of smallholder coffee producers in sustaining the coffee sector in Uganda. Several interventions have been undertaken by Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity to promote indigenous and local coffee varieties, improve the quality of coffee farm production and the livelihoods of small holders coffee farmer by helping them progress their coffee farm produce up the coffee value chain and pack it as a finished product for distribution to the end consumer as well as encouraging local coffee consumption through establishing of local farmer owned coffee houses.
This way, Slow Food Uganda’s quest is to create a coffee network relying on the ancient coffee varieties of Uganda through initiatives which includes the establishment of the Luwero Kisansa coffee Presidium and the support to coffee farming communities among which is the Mihale Nyasaland coffee farmers.
Slow Food Uganda, in collaboration with Coffee Quality Assurance Ltd, a local organization passionate about crafting solutions that promise sustainable quality coffee production for a sustainable market system, is organizing the third Slow Food Uganda Coffee Festival under the theme Celebrating Uganda’s Special Coffee Varieties. Slow Food Uganda believes the various special coffee varieties of Uganda being the key to ensure sustainable livelihoods to rural small scale farming communities.
This edition’s major aim is to build the first foundation of a network of specialty coffees of Uganda, and as such, we shall focus on show casing all existing indigenous and traditional coffee through the communities of the Slow Food Uganda network as well as the custodian communities of these coffee varieties in Mbale and other districts of the country. All along the event, we will share knowledge among various key players in the coffee value chain, debate on how to build a more virtuous coffee system, initiate networks between these players and launch the new Slow Food Uganda Coffee Presidium in Mbale for the Nyasaland coffee growers.
Objective of the festival
The main objective of the Slow Food coffee festival is to build a network of all the coffee actors who believe in the potential of Ugandan specialty coffees as a key to ensuring sustainable coffees for sustainable livelihoods and sustainable wealth for the rural small holder coffee farming communities in Uganda by providing an exhibition and discussion platform for all players in the coffee value chain in Uganda including but not limited to producers, roasters, coffee shops and farm based export initiatives.
To create awareness about the Ugandan special coffee varieties and their potential.
To facilitate knowledge, experience and information sharing among different stakeholders on best coffee management practices, quality management and defense of the local coffee biodiversity in Uganda.
To promote local coffee consumption among the Ugandan population and educate the population on the importance of coffee consumption and various way of consumption.
To exhibit the work done by various stakeholders in the coffee sector especially those small scale players in the Uganda Coffee Network.
To show initiatives from the secondary coffee products such as liquor, cakes as well as handcraft, bio- gas, art, animal feeds…
Description of the event
The 3rd Slow Food Uganda coffee festival is planned and scheduled for the 17th -18th February 2018. The event will take place at Maluku ground in Mbale, Eastern Uganda.