More coffee, more cash—improved livelihoods for Bakyabumba farmers
Despite the heavy-laden coffee trees in Fred Salongo Kigongo’s coffee garden, the income from the coffee has never been enough to cater for his large family. Prolonged droughts, weather variability, and the never-ending cases of pests and diseases have affected most of Uganda’s 1.7 million smallholder farmers, resulting in the very high costs associated with proper management of the coffee farms, which most farmers cannot afford. This has led to a severe decline in coffee yields. Farmers now also experience one harvest season, yet the region previously experienced multiple harvests annually. To address this, IITA developed the Stepwise approach in collaboration with partners. Stepwise breaks down the recommended best practices that many farmers cannot afford into smaller, more affordable packages that can be implemented in phases.