This paper studies the transformation of the Rwandan coffee sector from a supplier of ordinary coffee to a player on the market for specialty coffee. While this transformation is widely perceived as a success story, we show that it is far from complete. Although coffee washing stations have multiplied at an impressive rate, many stations are dysfunctional and only a small portion of the fully washed coffee qualifies as specialty coffee. We argue that the quality gap can only be closed through a sustained effort in improving coffee washing station management and providing farmers with positive incentives to improve coffee farm practices.

Guariso, A., Ngabitsinze, J., Verpoorten, M. (2013). The Rwandan Coffee Sector: out of the Ordinary. In F. Reyntjens, S. Vandeginste, M. Verpoorten (a cura di), L’Afrique des grands lacs. Annuaire 2011-2012 (pp. 397-426). FRA : L’Harmattan.

The Rwandan Coffee Sector: out of the Ordinary

Guariso A;
2013

Abstract

This paper studies the transformation of the Rwandan coffee sector from a supplier of ordinary coffee to a player on the market for specialty coffee. While this transformation is widely perceived as a success story, we show that it is far from complete. Although coffee washing stations have multiplied at an impressive rate, many stations are dysfunctional and only a small portion of the fully washed coffee qualifies as specialty coffee. We argue that the quality gap can only be closed through a sustained effort in improving coffee washing station management and providing farmers with positive incentives to improve coffee farm practices.
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Le présent article étudie la transformation du secteur cafėicole rwandais d’ancien fournisseur de café ordinaire en compétiteur sur le marché du café de spécialité. Quoique cette transformation soit largement perçue comme une réussite, nous montrons qu’elle est loin d’être réalisée partout. Il est vrai que les stations de lavage du café se sont multipliées à un rythme impressionnant, mais beaucoup de celles-ci ne fonctionnent pas comme elles le devraient, et seule une petite partie du café entièrement lavé est qualifiée de « café de spécialité». Nous estimons que l’écart de qualité ne peut être réduit que par un effort soutenu dans l’amélioration de la gestion de ces stations de lavage, et bien entendu par la fourniture aux agriculteurs eux-mêmes d’incitatifs les encourageant à améliorer les pratiques agricoles dans leurs plantations de café.
Rwanda; Coffee;
English
L’Afrique des grands lacs. Annuaire 2011-2012
978-2-296-99738-7
Guariso, A., Ngabitsinze, J., Verpoorten, M. (2013). The Rwandan Coffee Sector: out of the Ordinary. In F. Reyntjens, S. Vandeginste, M. Verpoorten (a cura di), L’Afrique des grands lacs. Annuaire 2011-2012 (pp. 397-426). FRA : L’Harmattan.
Guariso, A; Ngabitsinze, J; Verpoorten, M
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