Meeting Ethiopia's Bonn Challenge target: Restoring degraded coffee landscapes
As of: February 2019
Objective and activities
The UNESCO Yayu Coffee Forest Biosphere Reserve in the Oromia Region is considered as the gene centre for Arabica coffee. The cultivation systems of ‘Forest Coffee’ in the buffer zone and ‘Garden Coffee’ in the transitional zone are marked by low productivity rates. This process is a catalyst for the expansion of coffee production into the protected core zone. The goal of the project is to conceptualize and pilot an economically viable, low-emission and resilient ‘Garden Coffee’ production system in the transition zone of the Biosphere reserve. This should reduce the deforestation pressure and simultaneously rehabilitate non-forest areas. Part of this is an examination of the feasibility, taking the capacity development of 3.000 small-scale coffee producers concerning improved cultivation and processing methods into account. In close cooperation with private and public sector partners the project aims to develop a business model for ‘Garden Coffee’ which is ready for investments.