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Asian Journal of Agricultural Research
  Year: 2014 | Volume: 8 | Issue: 4 | Page No.: 170-180
DOI: 10.3923/ajar.2014.170.180
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Characterization of Organic Coffee Production, Certification and Marketing Systems: Ethiopia as a Main Indicator: A Review
Tewodros Ayalew

Coffee is the major traded commodity next to oil and thus plays a vital role in the economy of both developed and developing countries. Coffee guarantees a solid basis for promotion of economic development. Moreover, organic coffee is winning the interest of the premium market price across the world thereby increasing the economic return of coffee producers. Despite the market opportunities and better market price for organic coffee, there are several factors which drastically affect organic coffee production and profitability under small holder farmers. Therefore, the objective of this review study was to characterize the existing organic coffee systems; husbandry, post-harvest handling, certification and marketing systems followed by organic coffee producers focusing on Ethiopian case. The result of this review study revealed that a number of factors are constraining organic coffee systems. Demand for intensive and skill based management of organic coffee plantation, high cost of certification and market penetration related issues are the most challenging ones. These coupled with low economic development level with (capacity) of small-scale coffee producers aggravated the challenges the producer are facing. Based on the result of the current review study it can be concluded that, the organic coffee system can be improved through awareness creation training proper application of organic farming principles and practices forming and promoting cooperatives to minimize cost of certification and increase participation of small-scale organic coffee growers on the market decisions and market facilitation.
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Tewodros Ayalew , 2014. Characterization of Organic Coffee Production, Certification and Marketing Systems: Ethiopia as a Main Indicator: A Review. Asian Journal of Agricultural Research, 8: 170-180.

DOI: 10.3923/ajar.2014.170.180








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