Families growing coffee in northern Uganda are wealthier than those depending on seasonal crops such as maize and groundnuts, a study has found.
The study, The potential of coffee to uplift people out of poverty in northern Uganda 2014, found that coffee-producing households were associated with lesser poverty incidences, at 21.7 per cent, as opposed to the non-coffee producing households with higher poverty incidence of 31.6 per cent
“Evidence from these data, therefore, indicates that coffee production has a strong poverty reduction effect at household level,” says the study, produced by a group of researchers at the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC).
Traditionally, northern Uganda is not known for growing coffee, which partly explains why it has often lagged behind its counterparts from the other regions, the study noted. Northern Uganda was affected by an insurgency for more than 20 years up to 2006 as government forces fought both the Alice Lakwena and Joseph Kony rebel groups.