Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Cofta Uganda: Uganda goes fair trade

Over the last few years, Uganda’s development has made huge progress. Since the 1990s, policy has strongly contributed to the country’s economic growth, especially thanks to significant investments in infrastructure and the exploitation of raw materials. However, these reforms hardly bear fruit on the countryside. At the heart of these smallholder and crafts communities, poverty remains endemic and this strongly influences access to basic services.

As part of its 2010-2015 National Development Plan, the Government of Uganda emphasised the need to curb this trend by fostering access of thousands of family businesses to local, national and international markets. The African fair trade actors, who have been engaged in this fight for many years, develop original and rallying initiatives to accompany craftspeople and farmers and help them to set up structured value chains and position them on profitable markets.

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