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|Title: ||QUALITY AND VALUE CHAIN ANALYSIS OF ETHIOPIAN COFFEE|
|Authors: ||Tirufat, Dejene|
|Advisors: ||Dr.-Ing Daniel Kitaw|
|Copyright: ||Oct-2011 |
|Date Added: ||2-May-2012 |
|Abstract: ||In today’s global market, quality and value addition are the main determinants of competitiveness.
Coffee is a global commodity, so Ethiopia’s coffee sector is a truly global industry which experiences
growing pressure to improve quality and value addition at minimum cost.
Ethiopia’s coffee sector is not competitive in the international market especially in terms of price.
The main reasons are low quality and low value addition. The general objective of this study is to
propose a solution which supports quality and value addition of Ethiopian coffee. In order to achieve
this objective, a literature survey has been conducted to get practical knowledge. The current
performance of the sector has been assessed using secondary data. The result of the qualitative and
quantitative analysis shows that the quality and value addition of coffee is low when compared to
best practices (i.e Brazil and Vietnam). The factors which affect quality and value addition are related
to processing, technology, quality control and infrastructure. To solve these problems, solutions have
been given on quality and value addition improvement.
The quality improvement solution has been developed in six groups: creation of quality awareness
among stakeholders, training, establishment of infrastructure and facilitating quality inputs/materials,
establishment of quality inspection centers in woreda and zone level, creation of fair price for better
coffee qualities and research and development.
For the improvement of value addition, the solutions proposed are, assisting firms in exploiting
domestic value added processing opportunities, cutting out intermediaries, encouraging foreign
companies and product differentiation.|
|Appears in:||Thesis - Industrial Engineering|
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