Coffee production in Ethiopia is a longstanding tradition. Ethiopia
is where Coffea
, the coffee
plant, originates. The plant is now grown in
various parts of the world; Ethiopia itself accounts for around 3% of the
global coffee market. 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.
In 2006, coffee exports
brought in $350 million, equivalent to 34% of that year's total exports.
Ethiopia is the world’s fifth
largest producer of coffee. As an industry, coffee can be hugely lucrative, it
provides employment for nearly 15 million people and makes up some 28% of the
country’s year export.