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Authors: Tirufat, Dejene
Advisors: Dr.-Ing Daniel Kitaw
Keywords: COFFEE
Copyright: Oct-2011
Date Added: 2-May-2012
Publisher: AAU
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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2107
Appears in:Thesis - Industrial Engineering

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