Ethiopia: Coffee Value Chain Reform Continues

By Fasika Tadesse The Office of the Prime Minister gave the direction of establishing a coffee research institute as part of reforming the entire coffee value chain Following an order from the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ethiopian Coffee & Tea Development & Marketing Authority has finalised a first draft regulation to establish a Coffee & Tea Research Institute, which will mainly conduct research to boost coffee production. To draft the regulation, a technical committee was formed by the Authority comprising the Jimma Agricultural Research Center, the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) and their staff. The research institute will focus on undertaking agricultural research on coffee, working on breeding of improved coffee seedlings, and developing seedlings that can resist pests, which all finally increase productivity. The institute will be an autonomous body that is going to be accountable to the Authority. It will also provide technical training for coffee growers. The draft is part of an instruction by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, on March 23, 2017, to reform the entire coffee production and market, according to Tadesse Haile, state minister for Exports & Investment in the Economic Section at the Prime Minister’s Office. The Prime Minister endorsed the

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