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Published on Dec 13, 2016
Coffee is the second most valuable commodity worldwide after petroleum. In Rwanda, coffee is the lifeblood of hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers who make their living producing coffee bound for international markets. Taste defects, when detected, mean farmers and a host of key value chain actors (not just coffee drinkers) suffer. So, what happens when a Rwandan scientist wins a competition and an NGO helps gather a team to determine the cause and develop a solution for one particular taste defect in Rwandan coffee coffee? It means that the country can succeed in the premium coffee market and lift the income of its people.
The award-winning LINK program of The Global Knowledge Initiative unites different kinds of experts and communities into problem solving networks, taking on complex challenges that affect people in poor and vulnerable communities.