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Initiatives & Partnerships

Private- Public Partnerships

Hima works closely with local partners and stakeholders to promote environmental, economic and social development in Uganda. We seek to create close ties with the communities we work with and contribute to local economic development, and have partnerships with several non-governmental organizations in Uganda.

Hima Coffee Development Project

Coffee is big business in Uganda, contributing between 20 - 30% of the foreign exchange earnings. Although large scale coffee producers are gradually emerging, the coffee sub-sector is almost entirely dependent on about 500,000 smallholder farmers, 90 percent of whose average farm size ranges from less than 0.5 to 2.5 hectares.

 

Uganda produces two types of coffee: Robusta and Arabica in the proportions of 80% and 20%, respectively. South Western Uganda is one of the regions where coffee growing is dominant.

 

In 2011, Hima Cement started the Hima Coffee Development Project to support local coffee producing communities in Kasese and Kamwenge towards poverty alleviation and economic growth while ensuring sustainable access to renewable energy for Hima Plant.

 

 

• Hima Cement offers financing for seedlings which are purchased at a cost of 300 ugx/seedling. The company has so far invested over $1.5 million dollars in the project.


• The Project has so far distributed 15.7 million coffee seedlings from year 2012 to date, another 1M to be distributed in April 2016.


• Over 60,000 farmers have benefitted from the project so far.


• Income to the farmers expected to be at €27M by year 2020 from the project.


• 30kt of biomass [husks] is to be received by year 2020 which is approximately 20% of Hima Cement energy requirement.


• Hima Plant is sustaining its biomass substitution at 56% thus reducing carbon footprint.


• Coffee processing facilities have opened in the districts resulting in more jobs in the region.


Three local Farmers Associations are involved in the implementation of the project- Bukonzo Joint Cooperative, Micro Finance Society Limited (BJC), Kamwenge District Farmers Organization (KADIFO), Kasese District Farmers Association (KADIFA)

 

Other partners include; Local Government Authorities [Kasese & Kamwenge District Local Government (KDLG)] to mobilize farmers and to provide agricultural extension services and Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) to provide certified coffee seeds required for the project and offer training.

 

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Sustainable construction

Hima works closely with industrial associations, energy suppliers and architects to identify building methods which are cleaner and more environmentally friendly.

LafargeHolcim. Cement, aggregates, Concrete.