Robusta coffee is indigenous to the country and has been a part of Ugandan life for centuries. The variety of wild Robusta coffee still growing today in Uganda’s rain forests are thought to be some of the rarest examples of naturally occurring coffee trees anywhere in the world. Coffee is grown by 1.7 million smallholder farmers in Uganda, 1.17 million of whom are growing Robusta, while an estimated 2.8 million people rely on it for a living. Uganda is the World’s 8th largest coffee exporter. The country exported 288,000 metric tons of coffee to the world market in 2018.