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Regenerative Agriculture for Coffee Farmers

Coffee farmers in Uganda have seen a significant increase in their income from the crop, despite concerns about the security of their crops. Climate change and the global cost of living crisis are threatening the future of coffee farming, and Brazil has formed Global Coffee Platform Brazil (GCP) to address this issue by harmonizing the concept and practices of regenerative agriculture. Regenerative agriculture is an evolution of conventional agriculture that reduces water and other inputs, prevents land degradation and deforestation, and protects and improves soil, biodiversity, climate resilience, and water resources while making farming more productive and profitable.

GCP is beginning to do what the Kibinge Coffee Farmers Cooperative Society in Bukomansimbi District is already doing. Anthony Ssekaddu, the society’s Agricultural Extension Officer and Production Manager, leads the organic coffee farming campaign and training, ensuring that all farmers receive training in organic manure preparation and its application in their coffee gardens. Farmers are also encouraged to purchase cow dung trucks for use as manure in their coffee plantations and to avoid using herbicides by mulching or planting mucuna, a creeping and nitrogen-fixing plant to cover the ground.

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