Food Processing / Packaging Global Market
Insights and Opportunities
Overview: Uganda's traditional export crops, coffee and tea, have increased substantially in quantity and dollar value over the past several years. The agriculture and fishing sectors employ about 80% of the working-age population and contributed 16.5% of the GDP in 2007. Most industries in Uganda depend heavily on agriculture for raw material inputs. President Museveni actively promotes value-added exports, such as roasted coffee, palm oil processing, and cotton yarn. Uganda hopes to expand its agricultural exports under the East African Customs Union. Agricultural processing is starting to develop and there are investment opportunities in processing and packaging coffee, edible oils, tropical fruits, fruit juices, and nontraditional crops such as vanilla.
There is also potential for growth in horticultural exports. Uganda took advantage of the AGOA Initiative and began exporting cut flowers and textiles to the U.S. duty free in early 2006. A significant percentage of the food imports from the United States are monetized maize, soya beans and vegetable oils.
Best Products/Services: Food processing equipment, including drying, storage, and treatment facilities; chemicals and additives used to preserve or process foods; canning, bottling, and other packaging equipment and related materials; repair and maintenance services; consulting services on set up and operation of food processing equipment and systems.
Opportunities: Opportunities exist primarily with private sector firms. Interested entities may wish to contact USAID, which has been working to improve Ugandan agricultural productivity, to obtain more information about specific processing opportunities.