Functions of UCDA

The functions of the Authority are:

a. To regulate all activities within the coffee value chain; on-farm and off-farm coffee activities, coffee roasting and brewing, sales and marketing and the quality of coffee and coffee by-products, including activities of related industries in accordance with the National Coffee Act 2021.

b. To promote, strengthen and register coffee farmers, farmers groups, associations and cooperatives, processors, roasters, brewers, trader, middlemen, persons or bodies involved in the coffee value chain.

c. To register all coffee exports and assess cess

d. To promote the formation and development of value chain organisations at the various levels of the coffee value chain

e. To promote and support research into the coffee industry or processes along the coffee value chain and determine and prescribe through research, the types and varieties of coffee to be cultivated in Uganda, and their management systems

f. To promote and support joint ventures, investments and concessions in the coffee value chain

g. To prescribe quality control standards for the sale and marketing of coffee, issue indicative prices at which coffee may be traded and protect coffee farmers from exploitation and unfair trade practices

h. To profile, grade and certify grades and quantities of coffee along the coffee value chain

i. To license coffee nursery operators, seed garden operators, traders, processors, exporters, management agents, warehouse operators, auctioneers, pulping stations, packers and roasters in accordance with regulations issued by the Minister

j. To coordinate the provision of coffee-specific extension services in consultation with the Ministry

k. To advise Government on all coffee subsector policies and reconcile them to the national macroeconomic policies

l. To liaise with regional and international coffee organisations to promote Uganda’s coffee on the world market and be responsible for the administration of the stamp of the International Coffee Organisation

m. To organise capacity building initiatives for coffee farmers, farmer associations, roasters, brewers, technicians, coffee processors and quality controllers

n. To collect, collate and analyse data, maintain a database on coffee, and document and monitor the coffee sub-sector performance

o. To perform any other function as may be directed by the Minister.


  • Ministries 
  • Departments and Agencies 
  • Private sector 
  • Development partners
  • Regional and int'l institutions
  • Research institutions 


  • Development Services
  • Business Development and Strategy Services
  • Quality and Regulation Services
  • Corporate Services


  • Agricultural market support
  • Climate action
  • Pests and diseases
  • Women in coffee
  • Sustainable livelihoods

Contact info

Coffee House,
Plot 35 Jinja Road,
P.O.Box 7267,Kampala, Uganda
Tel: (+256)-414-256940 / 312-260470
Fax: +256-414-256994