Ankole Coffee Producers’ Cooperative Union
ACPCU (Ankole Coffee Producers’ Cooperative Union)’s members come from many ethnic communities and speak an array of different languages and have joined together to sell coffee and create better prospects for their communities.
In 2012, farmers invested in building micro-coffee washing stations to transform the quality of their coffee and in 2015 ACPCU built a central washing station to meet increasing demand for its members' fully-washed beans
Farmers are improving coffee yields and soil quality by trying a range of sustainable farming techniques. Many have introduced banana and yam trees to their smallholder plots to increase shade and grow beans which provide excellent ground cover.
Farmers use cow manure and banana leaf compost to fertilise the coffee and pests are discouraged by spraying an extract from the Bird’s Eye pepper plant, which grows amongst the coffee trees.
As well as improving soil structure, these plants also provide additional food and variation to people's diets.