Esco Uganda Ltd

Cocoa processor, trader and exporter, integral to the long-term development of Uganda’s cocoa industry.

Project information

Committed budget
Budget dispersed
Partner focus
Committed budget
Budget disbursed
Partner focus

Expected impact


Jobs created / maintained

Smallholder farmers linked to market
Increase in smallholder farmers' productivity

Jobs created / maintained

Smallholder farmers linked to market
Increase in smallholder farmers' productivity

SDU role

Smallholder cocoa farmers in Uganda’s Western province are subject to price fluctuations on the international markets and increasing competition from West Africa. SDU support is enabling Esco to increase value chain efficiencies with minimal impact on its high technical standards. By introducing technology to facilitate training by video, improving processes and streamlining the certification processes, Esco’s product quality can be maintained with a much leaner and more cost-effective team.

Smart investment and support
Natural remedies
AgDevCo’s SDU team is helping Esco to expand and improve the productivity of cocoa plantations in the area by training smallholder farmers in good agro-forestry and climate-resilient practices. Using higher-quality, drought-resistant cocoa seedlings in nurseries and encouraging farmers to plant these between banana trees or other local shade tree helps to mitigate climate-related risks.

Our investments in Uganda

Investment Total invested Investment type Start date
Esco Uganda Ltd - Technical assistance 2018
Great Lakes Coffee $5,000,000 Debt / Equity 2018
Gulu Agricultural Development Company (GADC) $5,000,000 Debt / Equity & Technical assistance 2016
Nakifuma Farming Company $2,600,000 Debt / Equity 2019
Shares!Uganda Limited - Technical assistance 2019
Uzima Chicken (Uganda) - Technical assistance 2019