Articles by Joseph Nkandu
Why Coffee Farmers are Poor – And How an Innovative Ownership Model Can Help
Joseph Nkandu grew up on a coffee farm in Uganda and knows firsthand how farmers struggle to earn a living. While agriculture dominates Africa's economy, value chains largely exclude farmers from much of the retail value of their produce - a system that keeps many coffee farmers from generating savings and reinvesting to improve their yields. Nkandu founded the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises, where he advocates a "farmer ownership model." That model, he writes, is ready to scale.