The UCF, a nonprofit social enterprise, is helping poor smallholder farmers escape extreme poverty in eastern Uganda through access to viable agricultural markets.

Our approach is twofold:

1] Provide poor farmers, particularly women and youths, with initial planting materials along with sufficient organic fertilizers and technical training on specific crops, then 2] pool together their produce and market it under a single umbrella. This helps them to have a combined production that attracts larger buyers—enabling them to get better prices and high-value markets that they couldn’t access before.

At this point, though, we face a new challenge: fresh produce is subject to the most volatile market conditions. And so, we have to devise a scalable and resilient plan for marketing our farmers’ produce. Our new plan is to set up an agricultural processing plant to do exactly that, by turning our farmers’ produce into intermediate food products that can be sold to established food & beverage companies, like coca cola.