The government has been challenged to construct positive, supportive policies and regulations to attract more women into the profitable coffee business.
This comes shortly after parliament finally passed the coffee bill 2019. The managing Director of KIMCO Coffee and member of the International Women Coffee Alliance, Martha Wandera says the law alone is not enough with more efforts needed to attract women in this sector.
She proposes creation of a special fund for women in the coffee sector arguing that the current support in the Uganda Development Bank cannot benefit them.
“I know that we’ve been discussing the stimulus package with money in UDB but that money cannot be accessed by the kind of women that are in coffee. The kind of women who are trying it out om small enterprises in the coffee sector.”
“So, we should think bout more realistic and gender sensitive funds that can be accessed by women and can cater for their needs.”