For decades, big companies have bought land and planted bushes of coffee in Ethiopia, in order to gain as much profit they can of the soil. As a consequence, the wild coffee, that grows in trees, has become more and more rare.
But the exploding western coffee trend has made the wild coffee desirable.
So, the small scale farmers in Bonga, a region in the Ethiopian rainforests, have started to rise up against big national and foreign investors.
In order to retain their desirable coffee-growing soil, the farmers have formed cooperatives so they can grow and sell the coffee by themselves.
Niche foreign coffee importers have started to buy the small-scale wild coffee production from local farmers.
With the help of Participatory Forest Management project, these farmers now have the opportunity to make their own profit from the rainforest and the wild coffee, and at the same time preserve their land.
According to local belief, the inaccessible village Mankira in the Bonga region is the birthplace of the coffee.
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