Team Empire Agricultural Services

Jinja, Uganda

Our Team

Climate smart coffee production with emphasis on women coffee production and sales.

Our model is built on establishing the partnership with producer groups that share our vision, mission & values. These are recruited & registered under our organic coffee certification program & engaged in producing, processing, bulk & export coffee. We work with 2300 smallholder coffee farmers
By partnering with producers, EAS empowers them to improve the quantity & quality of produce & access to rewarding markets through appropriate farming technologies & value additions i.e. input supply, farming practices, harvest & post-harvest handling & processing. This is done through field visits, training, organic certification, agricultural tours & trading and this has potentially made the group with a capacity to produce 450,000 kg of parchment coffee
As opposed to charity, the model awakens & empowers farmers to acquire affordable agronomical skills & increased incomes while also allowing EAS to provide these at a modest profit of 4.3% of the contract values

Empire documentary / Published October 12, 2016 by Johnbosco Birenge

Empire documentary

https://youtu.be/yE5xh7rWJD0

A short documentary summarizing some of the E.A.S activities and results

Our Mission

To provide increased access to remunerating markets to our member producer cooperatives through value addition, advisory services, organic & fair trade certifications

Our Background

EAS takes root in the 2011 greenhouse vegetable initiative introduced in Eastern Uganda by Rain Uganda & Harvest Plus to reduce malnutrition among forty (40)HIV/AIDS affected households As a way of joining the campaign, EAS started supporting the affected households to plant high nutritious sweet orange potato vines for vitamin A. The households were also coffee farmers but with limited knowledge, skills & markets. Given the experience and knowledge with coffee, EAS diversified the support & promoted mixed farming with vegetables alongside coffee production after realizing the potential of coffee and farmers. The idea was to create sustainable income & improved livelihoods in areas of nutrition and health, production, education and housing, and started with two groups United coffee organic group and bumbo organic association and one is a graduate today etc. By 2012, the group was well established as an extension service provider. By 2013 it was collecting, bulking & processing coffee EAS targets poor farmers with weak structures & strengthens them in leadership, production and marketing, the company is not a charity. Rather, its model builds on business partnerships that enable poor farmers to receive affordable services & remunerating markets to increase production & income while at the same time allowing EAS to provide the services &markets at a profit. This fetches EAS pre-financed contracts from its buyers and now, EAS is working with Rabobank foundation for pre-finance support of the upcoming contracts 2017 (5containers equaling to 96,000 Kgs, 211,200Ibs) worth $443,520 for 2017 up to April. EAS supports member producer cooperatives & groups to acquire fair-trade & organic certificates after strengthening their capacity and these become independent supply bases for EAS but with a continued audit from EAS . This is aimed at creating sustainability and longevity of the groups hence guaranteeing production and market & growing the coffee base & environmentally friendly practices to address the effects of climate change in the region. As part of this, EAS is promoting a brand of climate smart women coffee production

Climate smart coffee production with emphasis on women coffee production and sales.

Our model is built on establishing the partnership with producer groups that share our vision, mission & values. These are recruited & registered under our organic coffee certification program & engaged in producing, processing, bulk & export coffee. We work with 2300 smallholder coffee farmers
By partnering with producers, EAS empowers them to improve the quantity & quality of produce & access to rewarding markets through appropriate farming technologies & value additions i.e. input supply, farming practices, harvest & post-harvest handling & processing. This is done through field visits, training, organic certification, agricultural tours & trading and this has potentially made the group with a capacity to produce 450,000 kg of parchment coffee
As opposed to charity, the model awakens & empowers farmers to acquire affordable agronomical skills & increased incomes while also allowing EAS to provide these at a modest profit of 4.3% of the contract values

Empire documentary / Published October 12, 2016 by Johnbosco Birenge

Empire documentary

https://youtu.be/yE5xh7rWJD0

A short documentary summarizing some of the E.A.S activities and results

Our Team

Our Mission

To provide increased access to remunerating markets to our member producer cooperatives through value addition, advisory services, organic & fair trade certificationsRead More

Our Background

EAS takes root in the 2011 greenhouse vegetable initiative introduced in Eastern Uganda by Rain Uganda & Harvest Plus to reduce malnutrition among forty (40)HIV/AIDS affected households As ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.