Restoring degraded coffee landscapes in Ethiopia

In the UNESCO biosphere reserve "Yayu Coffee Forest", the majority of the population depends on coffee as a source of income. Coffee grows naturally in the forests of Ethiopia, in partially forested systems or close to homes in "Garden Coffee" cultivation. Due to low crop yields, smallholder farmers are expanding cultivation into the protected area. Consequences are forest degradation and soil degradation. The project will introduce a low-emission and climate-resilient coffee farming system. Implementation on coffee farms will conserve biodiversity and reduce pressure on the forest. About 2,000 families will be trained in sustainable coffee growing and processing methods. Eight farmer cooperatives and the regional coffee cooperative will be supported with capacity-building activities. With the aim of scaling up, an investment-ready coffee business model and monitoring system for zero-deforestation coffee is being developed with various public and private sector stakeholders.

Project data

IKI funding
1,475,336.00 €
09/2018 till 12/2024
Implementing organisation
Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung
Political Partner
  • Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission (EFCCC) - Ethiopia
  • Ministry of Agricultural Development (MoAD) - Ethiopia
Implementing Partner
  • Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung Ethiopia - Äthiopien
  • UNIQUE forestry and land use GmbH*

State of implementation/results

  • During a recent visit, a team from the federal authority for civil society organizations monitored the progress of the project’s implementation.
  • 183,100 coffee seedlings are prepared and ready for the upcoming planting season (a total of 300,000 seedlings has been planted already).
  • A comprehensive training program was conducted for selected leaders and experts from various sectors of the government (stakeholders) to enhance their understanding of the project.
  • To enhance knowledge and experience in coffee pre- and post-harvest management, marketing, and trading practices, a three-day exchange and experience-sharing trip was organized in collaboration with Jimma Agricultural Research Center in different villages in the Jimma zone to improve the Farmer Organizations’ leadership skills.
  • The project extensionists underwent rigorous training to master the skills of collecting data and forecasting/estimating yield. As a result, a survey for yield forecasting and estimation was successfully conducted.
  • As part of the climate adaptation practice component, 260 energy-efficient cooking stoves were distributed to households headed by women. The stoves have been properly installed, and the beneficiaries have begun using them.
  • Out of the 301 couples who received change agent training, 77 of them opted to open joint bank accounts.

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