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DOI: 10.5191/jiaee.2012.19104

 

Coffee as a Livelihood Support for Small Farmers:

A Case Study of Hamsapur Village in Nepal

 

Kana Aoki

CIA, Inc. The Brand Architect Group

B1F 6-15 Udagawa-cho

Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo 150-0042, Japan

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Murari Suvedi

 Michigan State University

Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies

135 Natural Resources Building Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824

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Abstract

Coffee production as an income-generating project has been promoted by the Nepalese government with the collaboration of international development agencies. Those areas of Nepal with suitable climate and geography have the potential to grow high-quality Arabica coffee for the international market. This research examines the possibilities of organic coffee production as a livelihood support for small-scale farmers in Hamsapur village in Nepal. Using value chain analysis, coffee producers and collectors were interviewed, and semi-structured interviews were conducted with key informants. Findings showed that local farmers have great interest in coffee production; however, the income generation promises have not been realized because of insufficient quality, a lack of transparency in the local coffee market, and organizational issues. Analysis showed there is a need for alternative business relationships with producers along the coffee value chain that result in greater benefit to farmers.


Keywords: Value Chain Study, Coffee, Nepal, Small-Scale Farmers, Social Business, Rural Development


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