Cash crops and food security: Evidence from Ethiopian smallholder coffee producers

ESSP Working Paper 95, by Tadesse Kuma, Mekdim Dereje, Kalle Hirvonen, and Bart Minten. Abstract: One of the key questions in food policy debates in the last decades has been the role of cash cropping for achieving food security in low income countries.

Ethiopia’s coffee value chain: Evidence towards improved investments and policies

ESSP and EDRI hosted its first conference on coffee in Addis Ababa on September 15, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel.  The program appointed contributions from different aspects of the supply chain, and presented up-to-date research on this highly important sector in Ethiopia. Over 70 people attended from various levels of the coffee value chain.   >> Read more

Smallholders and upstream transformation in global value chains: The case of coffee producers in Ethiopia

Important changes have happened in the last decade to Ethiopia’s coffee sector. There has been increasing adoption of improved production, harvest, and post-harvest practices, with positive impacts on coffee productivity and incomes. Presented at EDRI, this research represents the first survey results on a national scale that gathers the key facts on Ethiopia’s coffee sector >> Read more

Synopsis: Who benefits from the rapidly increasing voluntary sustainability standards?

ESSP Research Note 35."Synopsis: Who benefits from the rapidly increasing voluntary sustainability standards? " by Minten, Bart, Dereje, Mekdim, Engeda, Ermias and Tamru, Seneshaw Summary of ESSP Working Paper 71. Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) are rapidly increasing in global value chains. While consumers, mostly in developed countries, are willing to pay significant premiums for such standards, it is not well >> Read more