Ethiopia’s Afromontane Region

While our vision is global, our first region of operations is in the southwestern Afromontane forests of Ethiopia, where our team has years of expertise working with smallholder farmer-based agriculture and agroforestry. Ethiopia’s Afromontane region is one of 36 of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, classified as being one of the most biologically rich but most deeply threatened ecosystems. Biodiversity hotspots represent just 2.4% of Earth’s land surface but over 50% of the world’s endemic plant species and over 40% of the world’s endemic animal species. We are specifically working with producers in three ecologically unique forests in this region: Belete-Gera Forest in Jimma, Oromia; Kaffa Biosphere Reserve in SNNPR; Majang Biosphere Reserve in Gambella. Our growing product portfolio includes a variety of distinctive forest-based bee products, spices, herbs, and fruits.

 
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GERA FOREST

Oromia, Ethiopia

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KAFFA BIOSPHERE RESERVE

Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Regional State (SNNPR), Ethiopia

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MAJANG BIOSPHERE RESERVE

Gambella, Ethiopia