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Uganda Travel and Program Updates

Uganda has been in the news a lot recently, but unfortunately for all the wrong reasons.   Yet again, misguided members of the Parliament of Uganda have introduced their anti-homosexuality bill, which threatens life in prison for those who are involved in certain types of homosexual practices.  Promotion of or even failing to report homosexuality now risks punishment.  Homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda (as is the case for over half of Africa's countries), but this time around the penalties are stronger and it puts Uganda's gay community in an even more dangerous place.  For the details you'll have no problem finding them on any major news outlet covering this story. Our purpose here is to simply respond to the many...
Dear Friend and Colleagues, We have launched a petition against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill introduced into the Parliament of Uganda on October 14, 2009.  For years we have been disheartened and offended by the homophobic statements and actions by the Ugandan government and even its media, and, now thanks to a radical MP, a bill that would clearly violate basic human rights has been introduced and is gaining support. The petition's website link is pasted below, and you can learn more about the issue through a simple online news search or by visiting Human Rights Watch.  If you care about this issue, PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION HERE.  Even more, PLEASE SEND THE PETITION LINK TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN.  Help...
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So we're nearing the end of our trip here in Uganda.   We've been all over the coffee farms, coffee shops, washing stations, processing factories, savannas and deserts - from Kampala to Jinja to Mbale to Karamoja to Kidepo.  Tomorrow we cap off the trip with an all day bonanza at the Uganda Barista Championship.  Many of our friends are competing and we'll be there to cheer them on. Best of all, we're happy to report that - before the picking season is even finished - we've already locked in an import of two new micro-regions.  These coffees are absolutely amazing, and C2C and its partners are charting new territory in the Uganda coffee industry with the level of coffee quality and...
by Alexis and Neil. Hello from Uganda! The whole Crop to Cup crew is now in tow in Mbale, with Alexis and Neil now officially known as Muzungus. We are following the energetic lead of Taylor and Jake, who are practically locals here and are ear-to-ear smiles being back on UG soil. Over the past few days, we’ve had fruitful meetings in Kampala with EAFCA (East African Fine Coffee Association) and LEAD (Livelihoods and Enterprises for Agricultural Development Program). Kampala is a bustling capital, but we jumped right into it, hopping on the back of boda bodas (motorcycle taxis) to get around town. Now on day 3, we find ourselves busy as ever in Mbale at the base of Mt. Elgon....
Coffee Sourcing Trip '09 (CST) post #1, by Taylor Day 1 – NYC to Kampala, Uganda November 3, night Just arrived in Kampala, and it’s great to be back. Uganda is really where Crop to Cup started, so we hold closely our many old friends and valuable relationships we have here. Although flying in under the cover of darkness (and the lack of much light on the Entebbe-Kampala road) cuts away that rush of emotional excitement that you feel when returning to a much beloved spot, the lights of central Kampala and the warmth of good friends (Tony and Godfrey – former colleagues of mine in Bugisu and now Robusta traders - met me at the airport) made up for anything...