Role of Cooperatives on Adoption of Best Management Practices & Productivity in Rwanda Coffee Sector

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October 5, 2016 - Author: David L. Ortega, Aniseh S. Bro, Daniel C. Clay, Maria Claudia Lopez, , and Alfred R. Bizoza

David L. Ortega, Aniseh S. Bro, Daniel C. Clay, Maria Claudia Lopez, Ruth Ann Church, and Alfred R. Bizoza. 2016. The Role of Cooperative on Adoption of Best Management Practices and Productivity in Rwanda’s Coffee Sector. Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research Paper 27. East Lansing: Michigan State University


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Agricultural cooperatives operate under the notion that smallholder farmers are better off working collectively. Rwanda’s coffee sector has experienced a significant transformation over the past two decades, which includes farmers coming together to establish cooperative coffee washing stations (CWSs). Our data and analysis show that these collectives provide farmers with a myriad of services that include economic, agronomic and social benefits. We find that cooperative membership affects adoption of specific practices, most notably pesticide application. This finding, however cannot be generalized to all best management practices as we find that membership is not associated with uptake of some practices (like fertilizer use) and in some instances it can contribute to a lower likelihood of adoption. Among other differences, we find that cooperative members attain higher levels of productivity, however our analysis cannot confirm this to be a causal relationship. We note that collective action in Rwanda’s coffee sector needs additional research attention, as these types of farmer associations don’t always thrive or provide the same level of services that their members expect. We derive implications of our findings and identify areas in need of further inquiry.

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Tags: aglc, agrifood system transformation, coffee, fsg research paper, fsp research paper


Related Topic Areas

Rwanda, AGLC


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 Lopez

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

Ruth Ann Church

Ruth Ann Church
rachurch@artisancoffeeimports.com


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