Cooperative membership and coffee productivity in Rwanda’s specialty coffee sector

October 15, 2019 - Author: David L. Ortega, Aniseh S. Bro, Daniel C. Clay, , Espoir Tuyisenge, , Alfred R. Bizoza

Ortega, D. L., Bro, A. S., Clay, D. C., Lopez, M. C., Tuyisenge, E., Church, R. A., & Bizoza, A. R. (2019). Cooperative membership and coffee productivity in Rwanda’s specialty coffee sector. Food Security, 1-13. 

Abstract

This study uses data from 1,024 coffee producing households to address two critical questions regarding the role of cooperatives in Rwanda’s coffee sector: Does cooperative membership increase adoption of best practices and coffee productivity? and do cooperatives improve farm household welfare? Using a propensity score matching technique to account for selection bias, we find that cooperatives are a critical institution for building farmer capacity, promoting adoption of improved technologies and inputs, and increasing productivity. We discuss the role that cooperatives can play in increasing farmer welfare and reestablishing the coffee sector as a pillar of growth in the country.

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Authors

David Ortega

David Ortega
517-353-2981
dlortega@msu.edu

Aniseh Bro

Aniseh Bro
aniseh.bro@gmail.com

Dan Clay

Dan Clay
clay@msu.edu

Maria Claudia Lopez

Maria Claudia Lopez
517-432-6143
mlopez@msu.edu

Ruth Ann Church

Ruth Ann Church
rachurch@artisancoffeeimports.com


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