The effects of coffee certification in Kenya

Bart van Rijsbergen*, Willem Elbers, Luuk van Kempen, Ruerd Ruben, Paul Hoebink, Mzeeh Hamisi Ngutu, Urbanus Mutwiwa, Samuel Njuguna

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Sustainability standards like Fair Trade (FT) or Utz certified (Utz) are widely regarded as a promising way of improving smallholder coffee farmer welfare. As yet, the impact of certification remains poorly understood. This chapter presents the findings of the study regarding the impact of FT and Utz in Kenya.24 The study was carried out in the Kiambu and Nyeri districts of Kenya (Figure 3.1). The study is based on two waves of data collection carried out in 2009 and 2013 with farmers belonging to six cooperative societies: Ndumberi, Tekangu, Kiambaa, Mikari, Rugi and Kiama. This chapter aims to answer the following central research question: What is the impact of FT/Utz involvement at producer and producer organisation level in Kenya?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoffee Certification in East Africa
Subtitle of host publicationImpact on Farms, Families and Cooperatives
EditorsR. Ruben, P. Hoebink
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
ISBN (Electronic)9789086868056
ISBN (Print)9789086862559
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2015

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