Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed aims to bring his country as the top coffee exporter in the world

Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed aims to bring his country as the top coffee exporter in the world

January 11-2024

Coffee Geography Magazine

The prime minster of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed was born and raised in Agaro, Jimma which is one part of the coffee producing regions in the country known as the origin of Arabica beans and where the word “coffee” was driven from “Kaffa Distict” through Yemini traders across the Arabia during the reign of the Ottoman Empire. 

Today, Ahmed is intrigued by the region’s legacy and wants to bring Ethiopia as one of the top producers of Arabica coffee within a decade. The campaign to prepare more than 2 billion coffee seedlings is underway for the next rainy season from June to August. 

 “If we are able to plant these seedlings and nurture them to production, it will have a great impact on our overall economy and efforts to address climate change,” he affirmed.

coffee seedlings Ethiopia

It has been more than five years now since the government of Ethiopia has embarked a massive nationwide planting of tree seedlings through its Green Legacy Initiative introduced by the premier. The former prime minister of Great Britain, Tony Blair, phrased the green legacy initiative of Ethiopia during the recent COP28 conference in Dubai. Ethiopians over the years planted billions of trees across the country and attracted attention from environmentalists and climate advocators.The nation has so far planted more than 32.5 billion seedlings of various types including different kinds of fruits as part of the initiative.

tony blair with abiy ahmed

Ethiopia is carrying out this grand initiative with the objective to help the nation's ongoing efforts to boost agricultural productivity and ensure food self-sufficiency by mitigating the impacts of climate change.

Ethiopia accounts for around 17% of the global coffee market. It is also important to the economy of the country where around 30-35% of foreign income comes from coffee export, with an estimated 15 million of the population directly relying on some aspect of coffee production for their livelihood.