Carbon Neutral Coffee

Carbon-neutral Coffee: The cook stove component


The cook stove component of the Carbon-neutral Coffee Project at the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center and Network (HoA-REC&N) is being implemented under the Sustainable Energy Program. It aims to distribute fuel-efficient cook stoves to householders in the Gimbi area of Ethiopia to reduce the consumption of fuel wood. This will limit deforestation and improve the quality of coffee crops. It will also bring economic benefits through climate financing.


Deforestation is a major problem in coffee producing areas. Ethiopia’s finest coffee is grown under the shade of ancient trees, meaning the coffee cherries retain moisture until they are ready for harvesting. So, reduced forest cover will produce a coffee crop that yields low produce of inferior quality. This problem is extensively observed in Gimbi.  Deforestation is severe and forest coverage in the West Welega Zone is being degraded at an alarming rate. The main driver of this deforestation is the high demand for fuel wood from local households, which has damaging implications for the extent and quality of the local coffee plantations.


The project aims to disseminate fuel saving stoves that are in accordance with carbon financing schemes in Gimbi and the surrounding areas. The main objective is to enhance coffee productivity by promoting sustainable energy use for households and reducing deforestation resulting from the exploitation of fuel wood.

Activities and Achievements

The project started in early 2013 with the aim of shifting traditional three-stone fire wood cooking to fuel saving stoves, and plans are to disseminate 30,000 fuel saving stoves in the Gimbi area. Arrangements are also being made to generate financing from the project to support communities in Gimbi.

An important element of the project is the inclusive involvement of stakeholders. A stakeholder consultation meeting was held in collaboration with partners (Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, Oromia Water, Mines and Energy Bureau, Inter-Church Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO), MHF and fair trade carbon).  Local communities, administrative bodies concerned at different levels (local to national) were also involved.




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