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About UCDA

The Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) is a government agency that was established by an Act of Parliament - UCDA Act, 1991 - which was amended in 1994, Cap. 325, and repealed and replaced by the National Coffee Act No. 17 of 2021.

The Authority is governed by a Board of Directors which oversees the conduct of business and supervision of the UCDA management. The UCDA management is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Authority.


An Inclusive, Transformative and Sustainable Coffee Industry


To increase quality coffee production, productivity, value addition, marketing and consumption.

UCDA Core Values

In pursuit of its mission, UCDA will be guided by a commitment to client focus, team work, integrity and professionalism.

  • Client focus: We recognise that our clients are the reason for our existence, and we are committed to listening and responding timely to their needs.
  • Teamwork: We value working together within the organization and collaboratively with external stakeholders.
  • Integrity: We are accountable for our actions and act responsibly with honesty, transparency, and fairness.
  • Professionalism: We commit to innovatively delivering quality services with competence and excellence.

Objectives of the Authority

The objectives of the Authority are to:-

  1. Promote, improve and monitor marketing of coffee to optimize foreign exchange and farmers’ earnings.
  2. Guarantee that the quality of coffee exports meets international standards.
  3. Develop and promote the coffee and other related industries through research and extension arrangements.
  4. Promote the marketing of coffee as a value added product.
  5. Promote domestic consumption of Uganda coffee.
  6. Harmonize activities of coffee sub-sector associations in line with industry objectives.
  7. Formulate policies related to the coffee industry.

Functions of the Authority

The functions of the Authority are:

  • To issue certificates in respect of grade and quantity of coffee.
  • To register in accordance with guidelines issued by the Minister, on the advice of the Board, organizations and bodies applying to market coffee.
  • To collect, maintain and disseminate statistical data in respect of all aspects of the coffee industry.
  • To certify all coffee exports.
  • To monitor world market price changes and adjust the indicative price on a day-to-day basis to reflect the changes.
  • To research and make extension arrangements through the Ministry of Agriculture or any other organization established in the country for the purpose.
  • To reconcile coffee sub-sector policies with macro-economic policies of the Government.
  • To main statistical data in respect of all coffee sales.
  • To advise Government on the mechanism of determining the indicative price for the sale of coffee.
  • To liaise with the International Coffee Organization (ICO) and be responsible for the administration of stamps of the organization.
  • To liaise with other international organizations and promote Uganda coffee on the world market.
  • To be responsible for the overall supervision of the coffee sub-sector including related industries and advise Government on coffee sub-sector policies.
  • To organize training for technicians, coffee processors and quality controllers.