On April 19, 2017 Ruth Ann Church was a speaker at Re:Co Symposium on the topic of “Determinants of Farmer Investment in Coffee: Finding a Path to Sustainable Growth in Rwanda.” She shared the story of the research team she was part of at Michigan State University that has supported policy change on the low farm-gate price scenario in Rwanda. With data on cost of production, gross margins, incentives and capacity, the team was able to arm decision-makers for tough price negotiations for 2017.
The Dec. 2016 issue of Kalamazoo College’s Lux Esto alumni magazine included a warm and enjoyable article about Ruth Ann’s work in Rwanda and her 10 month stay there with her husband and two of her three children. Click here luxesto-fall-16-resilient-coffee to read or download the .pdf.
Click here to see the .pdf listing survey sections.
The major sections of the Africa Great Lakes Coffee project baseline survey are listed in the document link below. The survey included about 350 questions and required about two hours for each farmer interview. Enumerators would meet the farmer (randomly chosen from a washing station list), conduct part 1 at the farmer’s home, and the rest of the survey was conducted in the farmer’s coffee fields.
May/June 2015 – Addressing the Changes Facing Farmers in Rwanda & Burundi
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May 2015 – Does Your Decaf Have Capacity to Recover?
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Mar. 8, 2013 – The Great Lakes Etrepreneur’s Quest (GLEQ) presented awards to the mid-year winners in its thirteenth year of the statewide business plan competition on Thursday, January 31, at the ACE’13 event in LIvonia. One of the ten GLEQ Vision to Action Challenge Winners, Artisan Coffee Imports, (ACI) is now initiating projects that will bring high quality, traceable decaffeinated coffee to US roasters at an affordable price.
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June 2011: Read a GREAT article on roasting decaf: CoffeeTalk, click here and go to pg.18 (unfortunately the link opens to pg. 10)