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Coffee co-operatives in Malawi: building resilience through innovation

Borda-Rodriguez, Alexander and Vicari, Sara (2015). Coffee co-operatives in Malawi: building resilience through innovation. Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, 86(2) pp. 317–338.

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This article focuses on the role played by innovation in the context of coffee co-operatives. It shows how interconnected forms of innovation contribute to co-operative resilience. Data was collected from the largest coffee co-operative Union in Malawi and illustrates how coffee co-operatives have innovated in order to cope with organizational and market constrains. We identify four areas of innovation: sustainable technologies, development of market niches, women’s inclusion and business diversification. The combination of these forms of innovation contributes to co-operative resilience in different degrees, the article also analyzes how innovation is influenced and driven by co-operative’s values and principles and by partnerships with national and international actors.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Authors, 2015 CIRIEC (Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics)
ISSN: 1467-8292
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Understanding rural cooperative resilienceRPG-2012– 533Leverhulme Trust
Keywords: Malawi; co-operative; coffee; innovation; resilience; rural; poverty
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Item ID: 42770
Depositing User: Alexander Borda-Rodriguez
Date Deposited: 14 May 2015 13:10
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2020 07:35
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