NCCR North-South Dialogue No. 27

by David Gongwe Mhando and Gimbage Mbeyale

Bern, NCCR North-South 2010

This report focuses on coffee producers in two villages in the Kilimanjaro area, Tanzania. The Kilimanjaro region is well known historically in Tanzania for coffee production. However, coffee production in Kilimanjaro, which is based on smallholder production, has declined over the years as a result of low prices for coffee, high production costs, inadequate landholdings, and insufficient agricultural support and extension.
As part of a transversal project exploring coffee value chains in Tanzania and Ethiopia, this report looked into two different ways of producing and selling coffee in Tanzania: either for the mainstream (commodity) market or for the Fair Trade market. One of the key underlying research questions the report seeks to answer is whether people who produce for the Fair Trade market are better off – both financially and in non-financial terms – than their fellow coffee producers who produce for the commodity market.

Mhando DG, Mbeyale G. 2010. An Analysis of the Coffee Value Chain in the Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania. NCCR North-South Dialogue 27. Bern, Switzerland: NCCR North-South.


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