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A Better Brew for Success: Economic Liberalization in Rwanda's Coffee Sector
Yes Africa Can: Success Stories from a Dynamic Continent/World Bank (2010)
  • Karol C. Boudreaux
Abstract
This paper analyzes institutional changes that have occurred over the past decade in Rwanda's coffee sector. Coffee has been a major source of export revenue for the country both pre- and post-genocide. After the genocide, a series of legal and regulatory reforms created a more liberal institutional environment -- one that encouraged expanded entrepreneurship in the sector and shifted incentives related to the production of coffee. Of particular importance has been the government's emphasis (with donor and private-sector support) on the production and export of fully washed, high-quality specialty coffee. The liberalization process has resulted in direct economic benefits for coffee farmers in Rwanda (as well as for other actors along the coffee supply chain) and less tangible, though valuable, social benefits such as increased social capital, increased levels of trust among some coffee ,and reduced ethnic distance.
Keywords
  • Rwanda,
  • coffee,
  • export,
  • liberalization,
  • income,
  • social capital,
  • reconciliation
Publication Date
April, 2010
Citation Information
Karol C. Boudreaux. "A Better Brew for Success: Economic Liberalization in Rwanda's Coffee Sector" Yes Africa Can: Success Stories from a Dynamic Continent/World Bank (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/karol_boudreaux/28/