In the Shade of the Banyan Tree
About 3,000 households grow coffee in West Nile. An average household has about 0.5 acres of coffee or 300 to 400 coffee trees. Coffee is grown under the shade of indigenous shade trees, the most important being the Banyan tree (a Ficus, whose bark is used to make a traditional cloth). For most families, coffee is the most lucrative of several livelihood strategies. Productivity is low (around 1 kg cherries per tree), but with support, households have started to improve coffee yields.