Coffee-novation – Green diversification of Ethiopia’s garden coffee value chain

Kafa Biosphere Reserve in Ethiopia, the origin of Arabica coffee, is increasingly challenged by the lack of sustainable employment, income and innovation for green development and adaption to the impacts of climate change. Therefore, the consortium, consisting of four commercial partners and three NGOs from the green sector, aims at unfolding and structuring the up to now non-commercialised garden coffee value chain. The project will create local self-sustaining and environmentally-friendly business models around the commercialised garden coffee value chain by developing new products (organic Kafa garden coffee, cascara, which is a coffee cherry based product and coffee husk briquettes). This will contribute to increasing the market value and access of garden coffee. Ultimately income will be diversified, and jobs created. This will serve as an inspiring model for local development and contribute to a climate-resilient green economy in Ethiopia.

One of the Ethiopian farmers enrolled in the project is Askale. During the last year she has received training on how to improve her coffee cultivation and harvesting practices, and how to meet organic requirements and standards in order to start exporting her, and the rest of the cooperative’s coffee, to Europe. Women participation in these types of projects are is crucial as women are instrumental stakeholders in combatting poverty and addressing the biodiversity and climate crises. Below you see Askale during harvest season

Administrative Partner NABU (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union)
Key Commercial Partner Lebensbaum
Other Partners Forests of the World (FoW), Goldkind GmbH, KFCFCU (Kafa Forest Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union), NABU Ethiopia, Twisted Leaf
Country Ethiopia
Sector Agriculture & agro-processing
Open / Closed Open
Duration July 2019 - May 2023
Approval Year 2018