Sustainability Coffee Program – Uganda

In 2015, GLC officially launched its Sustainable Coffee Program, after four years of ongoing coffee sourcing pilot trials and developments, which has already produced 1,500 metric tons of export traceable coffees.

Its long-term goals are to:

Create 100% traceable coffee sourcing supply channels for both commercial and premium quality coffees, whilst creating economic and social value addition to the network of smallholder household producers in our supply chain. Create value addition for all our clients and partners within our supply chain in order to secure long-term volume growth, quality consistency and price transparency.

“ Scalability of a traceable supply chain is the key to creating social & economic impact for coffee farmers ”

This is accomplished through the following integral elements:
farmer engagement:

GLC works directly with individual farmers, small enterprises and farmer groups, to whom they provide training and financing. Under GLC’s “Lead Farmer” model, farmers are organized into small groups of 30-50 farmers who are trained and monitored by a Lead Farmer, who is trained directly by GLC.

 Traceability/information management

GLC’s systems have been designed to ensure traceability from the farmer to the buyer. Farmers and employees are trained in record keeping to ensure coffee is traceable throughout the supply chain.

 Training program

Farmers are trained in Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Financial Literacy and Traceability/Recordkeeping.

 Buying/pricing strategy

GLC buys coffee from farmers through Collection Centers or Washing Stations where farmers deliver coffee. GLC uses a transparent buying/pricing strategy, listing the daily price at every Collection Center and paying farmers prices that are dependent on coffee quality. Farmers receive a 1st payment for their coffee, which is subsequently processed locally and exported internationally by GLC.

Second payment for premium coffee:

In Uganda, most farmers receive the same price for their coffee without consideration
for coffee quality. As a result, farmers who devote much time and effort to producing a higher quality coffee become demotivated as his/her efforts are not rewarded with a higher price. Farmers, who are encouraged by GLC to use GAP to improve their coffee quality, receive a 2nd payment for high quality.