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Improving smallholder coffee productivity one step at a time

Improving smallholder coffee productivity one step at a time
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CGIAR 14 May 2018

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The Government of Uganda hopes to more than triple its annual coffee exports from the current 4 million 60 kg bags to 20 million 60 kg bags by 2020. With the current climate variability and trends in future climatic change, the goal will not be met without more intrinsic changes, such as increased adoption of climate-smart agricultural (CSA) practices by farmers.

As a response to the lack of adoption of CSA practices in coffee production, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in collaboration with its partners, developed an approach that enables resource-constrained farmers to incrementally invest in CSA practices to cope with the effects of climate change. The stepwise investment pathways approach guides farmers on how to invest in their coffee in a stepwise manner, with the hope that part of the profits realized from implementing these practices will be reinvested in the coffee, in order to move to the next step in the pathway.

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