IJSRP, Volume 5, Issue 3, March 2015 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Gebeyehu Jalu Negassa
As countries develop, their labor force shifts from agriculture to industry and services rendering, and in this process the well-being of the people improves. However, for agriculture to become a credential tool for economic growth an improvement in smallholder productivity is necessary through improving resources, farmers can access with new markets and engage in value-adding activities. For that reason, this articles aims to investigate how smallholders can be supported in their efforts to create new market linkage opportunities and develop their resources. The Ethiopian coffee producers particularly Gihmbi have been served as a case study for this investigation because it can be characterized by its large number of smallholder farmers. In this case chain integrators can play a vital role for smallholder farmers in order to access them to the market. Because these chain integrators represent different types of value chain actors, they each take a different approach to their development intervention.