Ethiopia – cookstoves for coffee farmers

Ethiopia – cookstoves for coffee farmers

Climate change has a major impact on coffee growing, not only our beloved cup is threatened, but also the existence of many small-scale coffee farmers in developing countries. Ethiopia's coffee forests contain wild coffee species that are crucial for coffee survival.

Every day more than two billion cups of coffee are drunk worldwide. Much of this coffee is grown by small-scale farmers in developing countries. Of every 10 to 20 euros we pay in the store for a kilo of coffee, less than one euro often ends up at the coffee farmer. That is not enough for a living income. In addition, these farmers have another challenge, namely climate change.

This project collaborates with Fairtrade coffee farmers and other partners in the coffee chain to protect these forests, reduce CO₂ and improve the resilience and well-being of coffee farmers and their families.

Since 2015, FairClimateFund has been working together with Fairtrade Netherlands, Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center and Network (HoAREC&N) and Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (OCFCU) in the Fairtrade Carbon Partnership. OCFCU is the largest coffee federation in Ethiopia and represents 400,000 farming families in 400 cooperatives.

The partnership aims to support these farmers in their fight against the consequences of climate change by distributing 40,000 cleaner cookstoves that reduce wood use and CO₂ emissions by 40%.

Project detail






The total impact of the project


x thousand tons of CO₂ reduced


x thousand more efficient cookstoves in use


x million kilos of wood (=75,000 trees) saved

The project in detail

In the areas where coffee farmers live, cooking is often done indoors on an open wood fire. This is very harmful to the health of mainly women and children. Furthermore, the use of wood is a major cause of deforestation in the region. Through the cookstove program, farming families are provided with a Mirt and a Tikikil, efficient cookstoves that reduce wood consumption and significantly reduce indoor smoke development. Eight local Mirt and Tikikil workshops have now been set up and more than 6,000 households have been provided with efficient cookstoves.

In addition, the Climate Academy has been established where farmers receive training in sustainable agricultural practices, such as efficient land use, planting shade trees and income diversification.

Stories from the field

20 Dec 2019
"Making my stews is now much nicer and faster."
02 Jan 2018
In 2017, significant investments were made in training on the use of efficient cookstoves.
01 Jan 2018
"These cookers are really much better and we are happy with them."

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