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Coffee Innovations System in Ethiopia and Rwanda


We Use Social Network Analysis (Sna) To Investigate The Networking And Knowledge Management In The Coffee Value Chain In Ethiopia And Rwanda And Its Applicability In The Agricultural Innovation System (Ais). The Ais Aims At Putting Farmers At The Center Of The Knowledge Management And Innovation System. Results Of The Sna Show That Farmers From Both Ethiopia And Rwanda Are Not At The Center Of The Innovation System. In The Ethiopian Coffee Value Chain, Cooperatives Are At The Center Of The Knowledge Management And Innovation System. In Rwanda, Ngos Play A Central Role In The Knowledge Management. We Found The Rwandan Coffee Value Chain To Be More Connected And Cohesive Than That Of Ethiopia. This Suggests That The Ais Framework Has Not Been Fully Adopted By Development Practitioners In Both Countries. In Conclusion, We Suggest That The Dependence On Both International And Local Ngos Must Be Limited As Is The Case In Rwanda. This Is Because Ngos Are Short Term Project Operations In Nature And Can Therefore Affect Farmers' Expectations Once They Leave The Country, Or Runs Out Of Funding. For The Effective Support To Farmers, We Call For Strengthening Organizational And Knowledge Management Capacity Of Cooperatives And Other Players Along The Value Chain. It Is Therefore Important That International Ngos Change The Role They Have Been Playing In Leading Value Chain Activities, To A More Supportive Catalytic Role

Corporate Author: 
Getnet Alemu & Worku Gebeyehu (Editor) & Ethiopian Economic Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute
Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
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Geographic Descriptors: 
Ethiopia, Rwanda
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Broad Subject heading: 
Agriculture And Natural Resources
Call Number: 
330.963 PRO 2012
Serial Key Title: 
Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy
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Publication date: 
2013-06-27 23:12:00
Forum or Discussion date: 
2013-02-27 15:43:19
Place of publication: 
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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