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From Economic Vulnerability to Sustainable Livelihoods: The Case of Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union in Ethiopia

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  • Meskela, Tadesse
  • Teshome, Yalem

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We present the case study of a fast growing agribusiness cooperative in Ethiopia, Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (OCFCU). OCFCU was established in 1999 by 34 cooperatives and a capital of US$90,000. Nowadays, OCFCU has 240 cooperatives and a capital exceeding $12,000,000 USD. Well known in the specialty coffee market, OCFCU works with growers across Ethiopia influencing communities economically and socially. Using the GLIMPSE perspective, we investigate the raw-bean procurement, transportation, quality control, economies realized through coordination, on-going initiatives to capture value added in processing, and associated challenges in the East African context of small-holder farmers, credit and infrastructure constraints.

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  • Meskela, Tadesse & Teshome, Yalem, 2014. "From Economic Vulnerability to Sustainable Livelihoods: The Case of Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union in Ethiopia," MPRA Paper 53901, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Pradyot Ranjan Jena & Bezawit Beyene Chichaibelu & Till Stellmacher & Ulrike Grote, 2012. "The impact of coffee certification on small-scale producers’ livelihoods: a case study from the Jimma Zone, Ethiopia," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 43(4), pages 429-440, July.
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    1. John C. Beghin & Yalem Teshome, 2017. "The Coffee-Food Security Interface for Subsistence Households in Jimma Zone Ethiopia," Frontiers of Economics and Globalization, in: Andrew Schmitz & P. Lynn Kennedy & Troy G. Schmitz (ed.), World Agricultural Resources and Food Security, volume 17, pages 221-240, Emerald Publishing Ltd.
    2. John C. Beghin & Yalem Teshome, 2017. "The Coffee-Food Security Interface for Subsistence Households in Jimma Zone Ethiopia," Frontiers of Economics and Globalization,in: World Agricultural Resources and Food Security, volume 17, pages 221-240 Emerald Publishing Ltd.
    3. Carlos Oya & Florian Schaefer & Dafni Skalidou & Catherine McCosker & Laurenz Langer, 2017. "Effects of certification schemes for agricultural production on socio‐economic outcomes in low‐ and middle‐income countries: a systematic review," Campbell Systematic Reviews, John Wiley & Sons, vol. 13(1), pages 1-346.

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    Keywords

    Ethiopia; coffee farmers; co-operatives; specialty coffee market; exports;
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    JEL classification:

    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development
    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
    • Q17 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agriculture in International Trade

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