Strengthening Maize, Bean, and Coffee Value Chains in Uganda.

Feed the Future Uganda Commodity Production and Marketing Activity

Project Dates: March 2013 - March 2018
Although the vast majority of Ugandans earn their incomes from farming, the sector only generates about 20 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.

The majority of Ugandans rely on farming for their incomes, but the country’s agriculture sector, dominated by smallholder farmers, has historically had low economic support and output. The purpose of the Feed the Future Uganda Commodity Production and Marketing Activity is to reduce poverty and promote the long-term prosperity of rural Ugandan families by increasing the quality and quantity of farmers’ crops in the maize, bean, and coffee value chains. The activity works with exporters and other buyers to extend genuine agricultural inputs and productivity-enhancing services down the value chain. By building trust between value chain actors, the activity promotes an inclusive market system in Uganda.

Project Goals


  • Boost crop productivity and increase access to competitive markets, focusing on the maize, bean, and coffee value chains in 34 Feed the Future districts
  • Improve farm management and post-harvest handling practices
  • Increase access to quality inputs and make production support services more accessible and effective for farmers
  • Strengthen relationships in the agriculture sector to improve how products and information move between buyers and sellers
  • Develop ties between farmers, traders, and other private sector actors to respond more effectively to changing market demands

Our Impact Improving Soil Health

Using conservation agriculture and technology, the Feed the Future Commodity Production and Marketing Activity in Uganda is helping farmers improve yields and increase incomes.

The majority of Ugandans rely on farming for their incomes, but the country’s agriculture sector, dominated by smallholder farmers, has historically had low economic support and output. The purpose of the Feed the Future Uganda Commodity Production and Marketing Activity is to reduce poverty and promote the long-term prosperity of rural Ugandan families by increasing…

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Our Impact Are Middlemen the Key to Stronger Value Chains in Uganda?

“Middlemen” is a term that often has negative connotations. But Stephen McCarthy, a Chemonics value chain expert, said middlemen have a key role to play in the transformation of agricultural value chains in Uganda.

The majority of Ugandans rely on farming for their incomes, but the country’s agriculture sector, dominated by smallholder farmers, has historically had low economic support and output. The purpose of the Feed the Future Uganda Commodity Production and Marketing Activity is to reduce poverty and promote the long-term prosperity of rural Ugandan families by increasing…

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