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The start of your morning coffee | by DFID - UK Department for International Development
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The start of your morning coffee

Where your morning coffee begins. Feleke Dukamo in Awassa, southern Ethiopia is a typical small-scale farmer. Here he checks to see which of his coffee fruits are red, and ready to pick.


The Ethiopia Commodity Exchange has helped to improve the quality of coffee in Awassa by giving farmers information on when and how to harvest their crop. Now Feleke harvests by hand, and is careful to pick his coffee only when it’s just right.


DFID supported two leading research institutes who were tasked with finding a solution to Ethiopia's inefficient food and commodity markets.


The UK aid funded research recommended setting up a commodity exchange and helped to design the warehousing, logistics and payment systems that the exchange uses today. The exchange helps to boost exports and secure a better deal for farmers and consumers.


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Photo: Pete Lewis/Department for International Development

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Taken on June 14, 2011