A record one hundred and fifteen people turned up for the Information Session on the Matching Grant Scheme for the Coffee and Cocoa Value Chains under the EAC MARKUP project. The East African Community (EAC) Market Access Upgrade Programme (MARKUP) is a 4-year initiative funded by the European Union (EU), with co-financing from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation (BMZ). It covers, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. MARKUP addresses both the supply side and market access constraints of selected key export-oriented commodities: coffee, tea, cocoa, spices, avocados and other selected horticultural products. The overarching goal of MARKUP is to contribute to the economic development of the EAC region by increasing the value of both extra- and intra-regional agricultural exports, focussing on exports to the European Union.
Speaking at the Information Session, the Director Corporate Services and Board Secretary of Uganda Coffee Development Authority, Andrew Kilama Lajul, commended the EU for its support to the coffee and cocoa value chains. Mr Lajul said the MARKUP project is timely and will address the constraints in the two value chains.
The EU representative at the Information Session, Pavlos Evangelidis, reiterated the project’s focus to improve access to the European market. The matching grants aim to positively impact small holders, create jobs and ensure that the value chains are managed properly.
The Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development launched the session at Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala on 10 July 2019, with funds provided by EU under the MARKUP national window.