REFORESTATION, CONSERVATION, ORIGIN
Ethiopia is the origin of Arabica Coffee. And today, Ethiopia is the largest producer of coffee in Africa. It is also the only producing nation that consumes more than half of its production. Conserving genetic resources and Ethiopian varieties is one of the most important tasks in view of the future of the global coffee sector. Deforestation is another challenge for Ethiopian coffee farmers. Reducing pressure on remaining forests and restoring degraded landscapes in Ethiopia is part of the project, HRNS is implementing along with the International Climate Initiative (ICI).
In Ethiopia, it is estimated that over 5 million smallholder farmer families are engaged in coffee farming and a total of 25 million peoples livelihoods depend on coffee production and other activities along its value chain.
Yield levels on smallholder coffee farms in Ethiopia can be much higher. Improving extension, provision of improved planting materials, financial services and supporting market access are solutions. Many households in Ethiopia also face food insecurity. Addressing gender relations inside households and communities, population growth and low levels of literacy can hamper a shift to a more commercial approach towards agriculture. All of which is addressed through the implementation of the CAFE project.
Projects in Ethiopia are implemented by Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung Ethiopia.