AGLC (Rwanda & Burundi) Featured Stories

  • Ruth Ann Church 12/11/2017

    Red Cherries and Farmers Who Do it Right

    With coffee price increases, some farmers might be tempted to pick under-ripe fruits to deliver more fruits. This behavior prejudices farmers who bring only the perfect pick. Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy, the Africa Great Lakes Coffee Support Program (AGLC) offered support to the National Agricultural Export and Development Board (NAEB) in the form of data and research to help change policies and prevent this kind of “cheating,” at the expense of farmers who do it right.

  • AGLC team 12/08/2017

    Coffee Means Cash

    Coffee plays a central role for 355,000 rural households in Rwanda, and the cherry price can mean the difference between an unbreakable cycle of rural poverty and a country with thriving communities across all of its districts, not just the urban areas. The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy’s Africa Great Lakes Coffee Support Program (AGLC) provided NAEB with findings that established the cost of production of coffee to farmers. These results served as a basis for a substantial adjustment in the national coffee floor price.

  • David Ortega 10/12/2017

    AGLC scientists engage with FAO

    What makes coffee so uniquely important for Rwanda’s agricultural growth? The AGLC Team has identified 8 fundamental arguments to support investing in the coffee sector.

  • Aniseh Bro 10/03/2017

    Enumerator Training Kicks Off Endline Survey for AGLC in Rwanda

  • AGLC team 09/29/2017

    Policy Roundtables in Rwanda Foster Dialogue Among Coffee Sector Stakeholders

    Over the last 18 months, AGLC has offered a series of 10 policy roundtables to improve the capacity of the Rwandan government to implement evidence-based policies supporting the coffee sector.

  • AGLC Team 05/01/2017

    FSP Rwanda Coffee Research in Feed the Future Agrilinks

    Rwanda coffee production has seen transformations which have benefited Rwanda, but those at the base — the coffee growers — have made the least out of the new prosperity. FSP AGLC team studies the cost of production of coffee and its implications for farmers.

  • David L. Ortega, Aniseh S. Bro, Daniel C. Clay, Maria Claudia Lopez, Ruth Ann Church, Alfred R. Bizoza 01/04/2017

    The Role of Cooperative Coffee-Washing Stations for Rwandan Coffee

    Rwandan coffee is increasingly recognized as a high quality product, sought after by specialty coffee buyers and consumers world-wide. The coffee sector in Rwanda is made up of over 355,000 farmers, mostly smallholders, and is a major source of export revenue for the country (NAEB Census 2015). Despite impressive growth and a rapid transformation of the sector over the past two decades, coffee productivity in Rwanda, at 385kg/ha, is among the lowest in East Africa (ICO).

  • Ruth Ann Church and Daniel C. Clay 01/03/2017

    How to Determine the Cost of Production for Fully-Washed Coffee in Rwanda?

    The major components of cost of production are household (unpaid) labor, wage labor, equipment (e.g., pruning shears, sprayers, masks) and purchased inputs (fertilizer, pesticide, mulch, etc.). The study describes a methodology and quantitative estimation process that can be used to estimate the values for each of these components in Rwanda and other coffee producing countries with predominantly smallholder production.

  • Daniel C. Clay, Aniseh S. Bro, Ruth Ann Church, Alfred Bizoza, David L. Ortega 01/03/2017

    Uncovering ‘the Root Cause’ of Declining Coffee Production in Rwanda - Determinants of Farmer Invest

    Understanding when and why coffee farmers will invest their time and resources in their coffee trees is something like the ‘holy grail’ in the coffee industry. In Rwanda, this has been especially true because coffee production in Rwanda has declined and stagnated in recent decades. This report shows how failing to bring in the producers as full partners is one of the key reasons for this decline. Sub-par compensation for their cherry, an average of 24 percent below the revenues of their counterparts elsewhere in the region, has resulted in the neglect and disinvestment in coffee by many producers, particularly largeholder producers.