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As the fast growing agribusiness cooperative in Ethiopia, Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, OCFCU was established in 1999 by 34 cooperatives with $90,000 USD in capital. Today, OCFCU has 240 cooperatives and 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, and 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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