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Advisors: Dr. Kassahun Birhanu
Copyright: 2006
Date Added: 21-Apr-2008
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: Coffee used to be the main agricultural commodity of the country for long period. The last thirty years have experienced repeated fall in price at the global market. This has affected the country’s foreign exchange earnings in general and smallholder producers in particular. About 25% of the populations who directly or indirectly depend on coffee industry need to search for another alternative means of being competitive. As a value-added crop, organic coffee is capturing higher premium price on global and fair-trade markets. This case study is conducted at Limmuu Koossaa District, Jimmaa Zone of Oomiyaa National Regional Government with the objective of assessing the socio-ecological impact of organic coffee production on the sustainability of agricultural development in the area. Three coffee producing sites were selected. Each site is sampled with characteristic attributes relevant o organic coffee production, cooperative membership, non-organic coffee production and non-cooperative membership. The study employed a socio-ecological analysis of organic coffee production in contrast to nonorganic way of coffee production. Socio-ecological analysis comprises ecological, economical, social and institutional components to be investigated. The impacts of these components on environmental sustainability, optimal production and equity are measured. The study disclosed that organic coffee production is ecologically sound and economically rewarding when compared to non-organic way of coffee production. Social and institutional performances of the system of production are found to be as poor as in non-organic system of production. The results show that organic coffee production, as implemented in Baabboo, did not attain social justice and equity. It ha snot yet attained a ‘break-away’ from similar constrains of non-organic system of production. The study concludes that sustainability of organic coffee production at Baabboo is confronted with potential dangers. It, thus, provides signals of policy implications of the challenges and possible solutions.
Description: A Thesis submitted to the school of graduate studies of Addis Ababa University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Regional and Local Development Studies (RLDS)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/741
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