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

9 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2014  

Tadesse Meskela

Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (OCFCU)

Yalem Teshome

Iowa State University

Date Written: February 23, 2014

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Ethiopia, coffee farmers, co-operatives, specialty coffee market, exports

JEL Classification: Q01, Q13, Q17, O13

Suggested Citation

Meskela, Tadesse and Teshome, Yalem, From Economic Vulnerability to Sustainable Livelihoods: The Case of Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union in Ethiopia (February 23, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2400132 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2400132

Tadesse Meskela

Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (OCFCU) ( email )

Addis Ababa
Ethiopia

Yalem Teshome (Contact Author)

Iowa State University ( email )

Ames, IA 50011-2063
United States

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