Joseph Nkandu

Joseph Nkandu

NUCAFE – National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises

A sustainable market-driven system of coffee farmer organizations which improves household incomes in 19 districts of Uganda and operates across the entire coffee value chain.


  • 188 member associations and cooperatives, 200,021 family owned farms and 1,000,561 individual farmers in 2016
  • 1,252 jobs created along the value chain
  • 577 MTs. of coffee marketed (95% exported)
  • Contributed to influence the development of a National Coffee Policy and to improve gender relations among coffee farming households
  • Named Ashoka Fellow and Africa Agricultural Role Model in 2013
  • Named by AGRA “Best African Farmer Organization of 2013” for income diversity
  • Financing received from TRAC, aBi Trust, Agriterra, ITC, CBI
  • Established a farmer owned coffee processing factory and implemented a Farmer Ownership Model selected among the EU’s CTA Top 20 innovations
  • Private Sector Development Award 2015; Uganda Investor of the Year award in 2015 and 2016
  • Agricultural Sector Overall Award in the Regional Interactive Symposium & Recognition Award in 2017
  • Africa Continental Award of the Agricultural Sector 2017
  • Swiss Agency for International Development and Cooperation (SDC) Award for his social impact in 2019
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Company Logo PAG-12-NUCAFE logo
Company Url NUCAFE
Industry Agribusiness
Title Executive director & Founder
MBA 2011/12 - Nairobi, Kenya

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