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Restructuring Uganda's coffee industry : why going back to the basics matters

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  • Baffes, John

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After experiencing a boom during the mid-1990s, the performance of Uganda's coffee industry has been disappointing. Most existing analyses see the sector's problems as quality deterioration, poor marketing position in the global market, weak regulatory framework, and poor infrastructure. Recommendations range from setting up a coffee auction to increasing the share of specialty coffees. This paper concludes that such advice has been largely inconsistent with the stylized facts of the Ugandan coffee industry. It argues that the coffee wilt disease and the effectiveness of the coffee replanting program are the two key issues on which policymakers and the donor community should focus their activities and allocate their resources.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 4020.

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Date of creation: 01 Oct 2006
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:4020

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Keywords: Crops&Crop Management Systems; Markets and Market Access; Access to Markets; Water and Industry; Economic Theory&Research;

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  1. Lay, Jann & Golan, Jennifer, 2009. "The Impact of Agricultural Market Liberalisation from a Gender Perspective: Evidence from Uganda," Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Frankfurt a.M. 2009 20, Verein für Socialpolitik, Research Committee Development Economics.
  2. Horst Siebert, 2008. "Preventing financial instability and currency crises," Kiel Working Papers 1401, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

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