Coffee season pilot sourcing models

GLC is in the third year of a large-scale project to change the economy of the entire Rwenzori region through the development of a fair, traceable coffee supply chain. By deploying over $12 million per season of crop finance into the region, GLC allows farmers to bypass the middlemen and sell directly to GLC owned or authorized partner Collection Centers in the mountains.

Under GLC’s traceability program, virtually invisible farmers will be identified and the supply chain and the region’s Arabica coffee will become a major competitor in the commercial and specialty markets, with unlimited potential to scale in volume. To determine the potential for growing a high quality

Arabica in this region and the most effective way of working with Rwenzori farmer communities, GLC created and tested three Pilot Sourcing Models during the 2015 harvest season. Each pilot was designed to solve the primary problems identified in the traditional Rwenzori supply chain and to introduce a shorter, traceable and informed supply chain in the Rwenzoris, that will revolutionize the coffee industry in Western Uganda.

This first report of our GLC Western Uganda Sourcing Supply Chain covering September 2015- February 2016, represents a milestone in achieving our objectives and represents the progress achieved by our team of dedicated full time Zone Officers and Lead Farmers have achieved in the last 12 months.

1

Lead farmer sourcing

GLC registered Lead Farmers buy home processed coffee from farmers/households and deliver to GLC Kasese Store.

Monitoring and Support:

Provided by full time GLC Zone Officers including;
Good Agricultural Practices, Financial Literacy, Traceability Books, Reports

 Traceability Level:

Achieved to farmer or household level [T.1]

 Quality Target:

Commercial or Premium; Defects Preparation & Cup Score
Range [80 – 84]

2

Agent sourcing

Existing Independent Agents & Middlemen buy home processed coffee from other smaller agents and deliver to GLC Kasese Store.

Monitoring and Support:

Provided by full time GLC Zone Officers including; Traceability Books Reports

 Traceability Level:

Achieved to village buying center level [T.2] or Agent buying center level [T.3]

 Quality Target:

Commercial or Premium; Defects Preparation & Cup Score Range [75 – 84]

3

cherry buying sourcing

GLC owned & operated collection centers buy cherry from farmers or lead farmers, to be processed by GLC before delivery to the GLC Kasese store.

Monitoring and Support:

Provided by full time GLC Zone Officers [ZO] including; Good Agricultural Practices, Financial Literacy, Traceability Books Reports

 Traceability Level:

Achieved to farmer or household level [T.1]

 Quality Target:

Premium; Defects Preparation & Cup Score Range [84+]