Uganda’s Counsul-General in Guangzhou Amb. Solomon Rutega has been elected Secretary General of the Inter-African Coffee Organization (IACO). He was elected at the 60th General Assembly of IACO held virtually from November 17 -20 in Accra, Ghana. He succeeds Fredrick Kawuma another Ugandan who has been at the helm of the continental coffee body for the last 8 years.
Uganda will join the rest of the world to commemorate International Coffee Day on Thursday, October 1, 2020. The theme for this year’s celebration is Uganda Coffee: Resilient through Covid-19 and the New Normal.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone in the coffee value chain from farmers to processors, exporters, baristas, roasters, coffee shops and beyond. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the coffee sub sector has remained buoyant with coffee exports in July hitting their highest level since liberalization of the economy in 1994.
Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) in partnership with Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) and Uganda Cocoa Development Association yesterday held a consultative meeting with stakeholders in the cocoa value chain to review the draft East African Standards for cocoa developed under the EU-EAC Market Access Upgrade Programme (EU-EAC MARKUP). UCDA is the implementing partner for the EU-EAC MARKUP under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF).
Dr. Emmanuel Iyamulemye, Managing Director, Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) is representing Uganda at the 127th Session of the International Coffee Council as the main speaker. Uganda is a member of the Finance and Administration Committee and the Statistics Committee of the ICO.
Parliament passed the National Coffee Bill 2018 on Wednesday 5 August 2020 with some amendments.
The Bill seeks to repeal and replace the Uganda Coffee Development Authority Act, Cap. 325 enacted 29 years ago, which doesn't meet the current needs and long-term goals of farmers or Government. The current law only covers off-farm activities of marketing and processing, leaving on-farm activities like planting materials, nurseries, harvesting and post harvesting handling outside the scope of the law.
1 May 2020 Kampala, Uganda -- Following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, H.E. the President instituted a National Taskforce team headed by Rt Hon Prime Minister to oversee all the donations to be given towards government to boost its efforts of combating COVID19 in the country by donating food and other items towards people made vurnerable due by COVID-19.
Following the presidential directive on the prevention measures for COVID-19, Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) put in place skeleton staff to maintain certification of coffee export during the lock down period.
Below are the procedures:
The China International Specialty Coffee Expo slated for 18 to 22 March 2020 has been postponed due to the outbreak of the Corona Virus. A new date will be advised. For updates check https://chinacoffeeexpo.coffee/
Kampala 7 January 2019 -- Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) has handed over gifts to the first winner of its ongoing #LoveUgCoffee campaign.
The winner, Mr. Ivan Winyi Tuesday morning received a hamper that included a pack of roasted Uganda Coffee, a Travel Mug, Key holder among other goodies by UCDA's Corporate Communications Manager, Mrs. Laura Walusimbi.
The handover took place at UCDA's head office at Coffee House.
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