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Innovation in rural enterprise across three continents

Dr Robert Newbery, senior lecturer in entrepreneurship delivered a session on Innovation in Rural Enterprise at the ‘Building Resilience Capacity of Smallholder Coffee Farmers and their Communities: Innovation across Three Continents’ workshop, which took place earlier this week (Monday 18 – Wednesday 20 December) at Chiang Mai University.

The 3-day long workshop brought together industry experts with international academics to give an interdisciplinary focus to the project. Smallholder coffee farmers from Northern Thailand were united with those from Central America and East Africa to allow for a transfer of best practice strategies between the industries from the three continents. Day two of the event saw a field visit to meet the farmers at Akha Ama village.

This workshop has allowed for the development of a future research funding application, of which the group research planning will be led by Dr Newbery.

Picture of coffee beans

published on: 21 December 2017