By: Hsu Chih-wei and Elaine Hou
Taipei, June 27 (CNA) A Taiwanese university has played a middleman role in helping its students from
Ethiopia find a way to export coffee beans to Taiwan from their country at a better price, in an effort to address the problem of low incomes among the families of the students.
About 80 students from Ethiopia are studying at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology in Taipei — the largest number in any Taiwanese university from the African country, a major coffee producer.
Many farmers in Ethiopia grow coffee, but many are exploited by resellers and earn little money, said Liao Ching-jong (廖慶榮), president of the university.
The university hopes to help the low-income families of its Ethiopian students, Liao said, referring to the reason behind a cooperative project between the university and Taiwanese coffee importers. [FULL STORY]