Ethiopian Coffee and Tea Authority hosts coffee delegations from Spain, Colombia and Honduras for experience sharing
December 8 - 2022
Coffee Geography Magazine
Experience sharing event organized by the Ethiopian Coffee and Tea Authority in collaboration with a cooperation from Spain in presence of senior officials and coffee experts from Colombia, Honduras, Spain, women in coffee and various research institutes to discuss sufficient coffee cultivation in the countries. The delegation has also visited the coffee training center at the headquarters of ECTA.
Dr. Adugna Debala, the Director General of ECTA welcomed the guests and gave a briefing about the coffee production in Ethiopia and the country’s bio-diverse significance on preserving coffee beans varieties which are still to be discovered in the wild forests of Southern Western Ethiopia.
The Ethiopian coffee sector is growing steadily for the last two years where the coffee export play quite a significant role in the overall economy of the country. Ethiopia plans to earn 2 billion dollars from coffee exports in the fiscal 2022/2023 year according to ECTA’s anticipation.
The director general of the authority, Adugna Debala pointed out that experience exchange platforms will have a great contribution to achieve its plan. In addition to the exchange of experience in coffee cultivation, there was a consultation on how to empower women in the sector and ensure gender equality.
Ethiopia is where Coffea Arabica, the coffee plant is considered native with many varieties are still considered not discovered yet. Coffee is important to the economy of Ethiopia; around 60% of foreign income comes from coffee, with an estimated 15 million of the population relying on some aspect of coffee production for their livelihood.
Coffee production in Colombia has a reputation for producing mild, well-balanced coffee beans. Colombia's average annual coffee production of 11.5 million bags is the third total highest in the world, after Brazil and Vietnam, though highest in terms of the Arabica bean.
And Honduras is now the largest coffee producer in Central America competing with the likes of Costa Rica and Guatemala.