Gorilla Conservation Coffee

Saving gorillas, one sip of coffee at a time
2017 SAG-SEED Award Winner Sustainable Agriculture Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

GCCoffee pays a premium price to enable marginalised small-holder coffee farmers living in remote sub-counties bordering Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to improve their lives, which keeps them from resorting to damaging the forest through activities like poaching and removing resources like wood. This in turn helps protect the gorillas and their habitat.

GCCoffee also provides training and capacity building to farmers to improve sustainable agriculture practices. GCCoffee targets coffee drinkers and tourists via shops, tourist lodges, airports and international distributors to market and sell coffee. 

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

GCCoffee is a for-profit social enterprise aiming to improve livelihoods of coffee farmers and protect mountain gorillas in the area.
  • Doubling the number of farmers who can expand the market for coffee and become self-sustainable in 2018 to 150.
  • Establishing a steady market that pays fair prices for coffee produced.
  • Improving community health and conservation practices through donations provided to CTPH.
  • Financing sustainable conservation that reduces farmers’ needs to seek resources from the Bwindi forest.
  • Ensuring coffee is grown with compost and biological methods to control pests and disease.
  • Increasing plantation of shade trees that improve environmental benefits and lead to higher-quality coffee.
  • Growing the local economy by increasing income of farmers through the coffee market.
  • Achieving annual sales of USD 172,390, which increases premiums paid to farmers to USD 9,285.71 and donations to CTPH USD 19,300 in 2018.




This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

Gorilla Conservation Coffee, provides farmers with training, purchases coffee at a premium and packages and sells coffee for a profit, which is reinvested into the enterprise and donated to CTPH.

Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH) supports the Bwindi community and conservation through integrated wildlife, community health and alternative livelihood programmes.

WWF for Nature Switzerland assisted GCCoffee by providing a loan used to hire an operations manager and purchase coffee from farmers to make a viable company.

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