About UCDA

The Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) is a government agency that was established by an Act of Parliament 1991, amended in 1994, Cap. 325 and the Coffee Regulations of 1994. The National Coffee Act, 2021 repealed and replaced UCDA Cap. 325. It is responsible for regulating all “on” and “off” coffee farm activities.

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.


A sustainable coffee industry with high stakeholder value for social economic transformation.


To facilitate increase in quality coffee production, productivity, and consumption.
We live by the slogan: “Empowering livelihoods”

UCDA Core Values

In pursuit of its mission, UCDA will be guided by a commitment to team work, professionalism, and client focus while promoting integrity, accountability with foresighted leadership as central to its work.

  • Leadership: We lead the industry including the actors, clients and all stakeholders by being at the fore front of the growth of the industry and its prosperity.
  • Integrity: We act with honesty and adhere to fairness in an ethical way.
  • Teamwork: We value working together internally within the organization as well as with the external stakeholders with strong relationships, respect and sharing with all parties with interest in the industry.
  • Client focus: In whatever we do, we put all value chain actors as the center of attention.
  • Accountability: We are will and do account, take responsibility and disclose our activities to all the stakeholder in the industry.
  • Professionalism: We maintain and develop our staff to perform their work with competence, dedication, expertise and care.


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.