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Restoring degraded coffee landscapes in Ethiopia

As of: March 2021

In the ‘Yayu Coffee Forest’ biosphere reserve, the majority of the population depends on coffee as a source of income. It is grown in the buffer and transition zone, but low crop yields are forcing farmers to expand their cultivated areas into the nature reserve’s conservation zone. The consequences are a decline in forested areas and a deterioration in soil quality. The project therefore aims to introduce a low-emission and climate-resistant ‘Garden Coffee’ cultivation system. The farmers’ families' home gardens are used for coffee cultivation in order to reduce deforestation and enable the restoration of forest areas. The project involves 3,000 small farmers, who are trained in cultivation, processing and marketing methods. The project is also developing a business model for ‘Garden Coffee’ with regional partners. It offers incentives for investment in this approach, thus contributing to expansion.

State of implementation/results

  • Completion of the baseline and pre-feasibility study to define the pilot regions, framework conditions and target groups.
  • Presentation to relevant stakeholders, and local support via fact-finding mission from 1st to 14th of October 2018 (Partner: Unique forestry GmbH).
  • Registration of the small-scale coffee producers involved in the project and establishment of field schools.
  • Development of a training program to promote sustainable cultivation practices, with the aim of increasing production and quality and improving the living conditions of coffee-producing families.
  • Strengthening of nine regional farmers' organizations and one coffee cooperative by providing essential services in the areas of processing, storage and marketing.
  • Establishment of a project page on the HRNS homepage, presenting the objectives, main activities and partners.
  • The establishment of 54 coffee and shade tree nurseries, managed by coffee producers, has been supported.

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung

Political partner(s):
  • Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission (EFCCC) - Ethiopia
  • Ministry of Agricultural Development (MoAD) - Ethiopia

Implementing partner(s):
  • Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung Ethiopia - Äthiopien
  • UNIQUE forestry and land use GmbH

BMU grant:
736.320,00 €

09/2018  till  08/2021


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