Shaded by Banana and Tulip Trees
About 4,000 households produce coffee in Mt. Elgon. An average household has about 1.5 acres of coffee or 1,000 coffee trees, which are grown under shade from banana, Cordia Africana, Tulip trees and other trees. For most families, coffee is the most lucrative of several livelihood strategies. Productivity is low (less than 2 kg per tree), but with our partnership, many households have started to improve coffee yields.