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Discovery of Flower Industry in Ethiopia: Experimentation and Coordination

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  • Gebreeyesus Mulu

    (United Nations University (UNU-MERIT))

  • Iizuka Michiko

    (United Nations University (UNU-MERIT))

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This paper examines the discovery process of a recent and extremely successful non-traditional export activity, namely, the Ethiopian flower industry. This industry emerged as a result of entrepreneurial experimentation, whereby private entrepreneurs formed an 'advocacy coalition' to address uncertainties and coordination problems during the start-up phases. As a result of their lobbying, the Ethiopian government launched a strategic coordination with the industry, identifying key areas for intervention and setting a five-year target for the sector's development. This study highlights the importance of a shared vision and good relations between the government and private sector for development of this new industry.

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  • Gebreeyesus Mulu & Iizuka Michiko, 2012. "Discovery of Flower Industry in Ethiopia: Experimentation and Coordination," Journal of Globalization and Development, De Gruyter, vol. 2(2), pages 1-27, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:globdv:v:2:y:2012:i:2:n:5
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    1. Iizuka, Michiko & Gebreeyesus, Mulu, 2012. "A systemic perspective in understanding the successful emergence of non-traditional exports: two cases from Africa and Latin America," MERIT Working Papers 2012-052, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
    2. John Page, 2014. "Industrial Policy in Practice: Africa's Presidential Investors' Advisory Councils," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2014-117, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    3. Mulu Gebreeyesus, 2015. "Firm adoption of international standards: evidence from the Ethiopian floriculture sector," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 46(S1), pages 139-155, November.
    4. Mulu Gebreeyesus & Tetsushi Sonobe, 2012. "Global Value Chains and Market Formation Process in Emerging Export Activity: Evidence from Ethiopian Flower Industry," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 48(3), pages 335-348, September.
    5. Mulu Gebreeyesus, 2017. "Industries without smokestacks: Implications for Ethiopia's industrialization," WIDER Working Paper Series 014, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    6. Gebreeyesus, Mulu, 2013. "Industrial Policy and Development in Ethiopia: Evolution and Present Experimentation," WIDER Working Paper Series 125, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    7. Tigist Mekonnen Melesse, 2015. "Agricultural Technology Adoption and Market Participation under Learning Externality: Impact Evaluation on Small-scale Agriculture from Rural Ethiopia," Working Papers 2015/06, Maastricht School of Management.
    8. Shreyas Gadgin Matha & Patricio Goldstein & Jessie Lu, 2020. "Air Transportation and Regional Economic Development: A Case Study for the New Airport in South Albania," CID Working Papers 127a, Center for International Development at Harvard University.
    9. Tigabu D. Getahun & Espen Villanger, 2018. "Labour-Intensive Jobs for Women and Development: Intra-household Welfare Effects and Its Transmission Channels," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 54(7), pages 1232-1252, July.
    10. Reifferscheidt, Paul Philipp & Darr, Dietrich, 2018. "Meeting the growth challenge: developing the next level organization for GASA Group Germany," International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, International Food and Agribusiness Management Association, vol. 21(5).
    11. Mekonnen, Tigist, 2017. "Financing rural households and its impact: Evidence from randomized field experiment data," MERIT Working Papers 2017-009, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
    12. Mekonnen, Tigist, 2017. "Impact of agricultural technology adoption on market participation in the rural social network system," MERIT Working Papers 2017-008, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
    13. Mulu Gebreeyesus, 2013. "Industrial Policy and Development in Ethiopia: Evolution and Present Experimentation," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2013-125, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    14. Mulu Gebreeyesus, 2017. "Industries without smokestacks: Implications for Ethiopia's industrialization," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2017-14, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    15. Mano, Yukichi & Yamano, Takashi & Suzuki, Aya & Matsumoto, Tomoya, 2011. "Local and Personal Networks in Employment and the Development of Labor Markets: Evidence from the Cut Flower Industry in Ethiopia," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 39(10), pages 1760-1770.
    16. Page, John, 2014. "Industrial policy in practice: Africa's Presidential Investors' Advisory Councils," WIDER Working Paper Series 117, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

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