The Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) is implementing the EU-EAC Market Access Upgrade Programme (MARKUP), financed under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF). The programme aims to assist Uganda to upgrade its coffee and cocoa value chains, with a quality export perspective and with focus on small holders. It supports the private and public sectors and involves research activities.
“There are three expected results from this intervention,” explains the Managing Director of UCDA, Dr. Emmanuel Iyamulemye. “One is the review and updating of the policy, legal, regulatory and institutional framework for the cocoa value chain. A second result, which is specific to the smallholder farmers, is the enhancement of production, post-harvesting and marketing for export of the coffee and cocoa value chains. The third result is the enhancement of market-led research on coffee and cocoa resistant varieties and trade analysis, market surveillance and project management by providing and implementing programme estimates.”
With regard to the first result, the MARKUP Technical Assistance Team is assisting to draft a policy and regulatory framework to promote the development and export of the cocoa sub-sector. The first step to achieving this involves performing a Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) to inform on the best options for sustainable national cocoa development and ensure the full growth of the sub sector.
A consultant hired to undertake the regulatory impact assessment will present a report at a validation workshop on 5 September 2019 in Kampala. Following consultations with cocoa stakeholders, the report appraises the progress made in cocoa production in the country, the opportunities and challenges on and off farm up to export, policy and regulatory related aspects and the stakeholders’ roles.
The RIA survey highlights cocoa underdevelopment and under-regulation to be the core problems facing the sub-sector. “Cocoa remains a very infant subsector and the potential it possesses calls for both private sector investment and Government intervention in its development and regulation,” Dr. Iyamulemye says. “Therefore there is need to develop the cocoa value chain by supporting all actors beginning with farmer institutions, especially cooperatives.”