• Authored By: Swaibu Mbowa, Ezra Munyambonera and Florence Nakazi
05 Apr 2019
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  • Published Apr 5, 2019

Why is Coffee from Kenya and Rwanda Priced Higher Globally than Coffee from Uganda?

This brief examines why Uganda continues to earn the least per kilogram of coffee exported specifically in regard to Arabica coffee, compared to other East African (EA) countries. Kenya in 2017 for example, earned as high as US$ 329, and Rwanda US$ 150 from a 60-kilogram bag of Arabica coffee exported respectively.

Uganda, on the other hand, earned only US$138 from Arabica coffee, and US$ 93 from Robusta coffee in the respective period. Kenya unlike Uganda, strives to market single-origin branded coffees via an auction commodity exchange—which offers competitive prices. The bulk of Uganda’s coffee (85%) is sold unbranded via the conventional global coffee market—which offers less competitive prices following the International Coffee Organisation (ICO) indicative future price systems.

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