Agri Evolve

Agri Evolve is a profit for purpose working with farmers across the Rwenzori region of Uganda to improve overall coffee quality and farmer income.

We have a very special connection with Agri Evolve, because our origins share the same seed: two people living in Uganda and working the coffee washing stations…

About Agri Evolve

Founded in 2016, Agri Evolve was the result of an observation of the local coffee market: farmers had the coffee, but lacked basic harvesting and processing facilities. On top of this,  traders in the area only payed low, cash-in-hand prices, leaving producers unable to improve their own product.

Agri Evolve emerged as an alternative practise, establishing itself as a place to sell unprocessed cherries for a fair market price. Not only that, but the funds made from exportation were funnelled back into programs focusing on training, education, facilities, and equipment all for the farmers to use to increase their yield and profits.

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Agri Evolve facts and figures

Region

Rwenzori Mountains

Latitude

0.07315471332509571

Longitude

29.89801092538354

Farming Altitude

1300 - 2000 m.a.s.l

Processing Methods

Washed, Natural

Average Farm Size

1 - 2 Acres

Harvest Times

September - January

Cultivars

SL14, SL18

Farms per lot

300 - 500

Employees

80 permanent staff

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Omwani    X   Agri Evolve

Back in the early 2010s,  two friends, Johnny Rowland and James Wilkinson moved to the Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda; they were inspired by stories from Johnny’s parents about living and working in rural Uganda, and wanted that experience for themselves.

They found work with a local development centre, which often sent them out to support small holder farms. This exposed the duo to the various challenges that producers faced when growing and selling their product.

Together they built the foundation of a project that would eventually become Agri Evolve, which Johnny is the managing director of. Meanwhile, James went on to move back to the UK, but still wanted to contribute to the improvement of coffee supply chain. This, of course, lead to the creation of Omwani in 2018, and the partnership between the two companies continues to this day.

Meaningful relationships with farmers

Elizabeth is a mother of two and a team leader at the Agri Evolve washing station.

Her job involves the overseeing of coffee as it dries, a job which she says pays over 4 times as much as her last job as a waitress.

‘The company is good for the people in this village. It has helped us in getting jobs, we can buy food and pay for school fees.’

Elizabeth Mikanyu

Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda

Muhindo is a student and agricultural officer at Agri Evolve.

His parents have their own coffee farm, and Muhindo studies agriculture at university, which he says gives him an excellent insight into the industry.

‘I see the impact of this factory on the community. It is not just one person that profits, it is the community.’

Muhindo Bazirio

Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda

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