Pricing Coffee Cherry to Incentivize Farmers and Improve Quality

The USAID-funded African Great Lakes Region Coffee Support Program (AGLC) is a collaborative initiative led by Michigan State University (MSU) that integrates applied research, farmer capacity building, and policy engagement. The program’s goal is to dramatically reduce the effects of antestia bug / Potato Taste Defect (PTD) and to raise farm-level productivity in Rwanda and Burundi, both of which will improve income for smallholder farmers and help to sustain the African Great Lakes region’s reputation for producing some of the highest quality coffees in the world. The AGLC program has enduring ties with the public, private, and university sectors in Rwanda, all of which are necessary to build sustainable regional capacity in research, extension/outreach, and policy analysis. Ultimately, our goal is to equip policy makers with the necessary research to develop informed policies aimed at improving coffee quality and productivity. To achieve that goal, the AGLC team held a series of Policy Advocacy Roundtables in 2016 and 2017. The final roundtable event was held at the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) headquarters on 13 June 2017. This event was focused specifically on connecting Rwandan coffee price to quality.

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Aug 08 2017
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FSP Policy Research Brief 43

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