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Thousands of bean bags

Moving coffee at the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange's warehouse in Awassa. Last year, the warehouse handled more than 870,000 bags of coffee. The coffee is stored according to quality – in grades from one to ten.


DFID supported two leading research institutes who were tasked with finding a solution to Ethiopia's inefficient food and commodity markets.


The UK aid funded research recommended setting up a commodity exchange and helped to design the warehousing, logistics and payment systems that the exchange uses today. The exchange helps to boost exports and secure a better deal for farmers and consumers.


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Photo: Pete Lewis/Department for International Development

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Taken on June 14, 2011