Ethiopia: Government, NGOs working on plan to finally get Yayu Coffee Forest Biosphere Reserve up and running

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – The Ethiopian government and its NGO partners are working to revive local community use of domestic, organic coffee by preserving the last of Ethiopia’s original biospheres. Among them is the UNESCO-recognized Yayu Coffee Forest Biosphere Reserve, which covers 50,000 hectares of land in its core and buffer zones in southwest Ethiopia. Yayu is the center of origin for the most popular coffee in the world (Coffea Arabica), and the largest and most important forest for the conservation of these wild populations.

The Yayu reserve is directly or indirectly related to the livelihoods of more than 150,000 people in the environs, according to UNESCO. Some argue that projects to help preserve and help local communities need to be scaled up to exploit reserve resources.

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