The ROBUST project – growing Robusta coffee using agroforestry for climate change adaptation and mitigation in Uganda – represents a major investment using agroforestry practices for the production of Robusta coffee (Coffea canephora). The project is funded with €4.5 million from the European Union, under its GCCA+ (Global Climate Change Alliance) and DeSIRA (Development-Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture) research programmes.
ROBUST aims to develop improved agroforestry production systems designed for enhanced adaptation, mitigation and resilience capacity to buffer the impacts of climate change.
The project was officially launched in September 2022 in Kampala, Uganda, with over 80 attendees, including representatives of several Ugandan authorities involved in the coffee sector.
Between now and 2025, more than 50,000 coffee producers will benefit from agronomic and socio-economic support under the project. The project will also include activities to survey wild Robusta forests and to develop new varieties better adapted to climate change.
The project brings together eight partners, including four from Uganda, and promotes the adoption of coffee agroforestry practices at all levels as a means of combating the impacts of climate change. From the farm all the way to the stakeholders involved in development strategies, ROBUST aims to transform coffee growing at every level