November, 2007

The Business of Reconciliation

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In the years since the Rwandan genocide in the mid-1990s, Rwandans and the rest of the world have wondered how the nation would recover— both socially and economically— from the devastation and what lessons, if any, can be learned from reconciliation. Coffee farming has proved an important element of recovery on many fronts. Working together, Hutus and Tutsis are producing a high-quality, high-value crop: specialty coffee. Because the vast majority of coffee is produced on small farms by growers who benefi t from economies of scale when they band together, former enemies are finding it in their best interest to work together.

 

Citation (Chicago-Style)

Boudreaux, Karol & Sacks, Daniel. "The Business of Reconciliation." Mercatus on Policy, Arlington, VA: Mercatus Center at George Mason University, 2007.