The European Union is developing a €15 million project that aims to help Ethiopian coffee farmers boost yields.
In February 2019, the European Union’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Johan Borgstam, and the EU Head of Cooperation, Erik Habers visited Jimma in the heartland of Ethiopian coffee farming.
Accompanied by EU coffee specialist Dr Eshetu Mulatu, the field mission was part of preparations for the launch of the EU-Coffee Action for Ethiopia (EU-CafE) project, which aims to help Ethiopian smallholder farmers boost yields and quality.
“In combination with improvements in marketing, this will allow coffee farmers and processors – many of them rural women and youth – to improve their living conditions,” said the EU.
Approximately 20 million Ethiopians make a living from coffee and green coffee is Ethiopia’s main export, generating up to €750 million in hard currency each year.