Mainstreaming Agro-biodiversity into the Agricultural Production System of Ethiopia

What is the project about

Through the support of this project a marketing strategy has been developed for coffee as well as Durum Wheat, Enset and Teff.

The  Mainstreaming Agro-biodiversity into the Agricultural Production System of Ethiopia is designed to address local circumstances, interlocking interventions to improve governance over farming systems with market based approaches, ensuring that biodiversity management needs are factored in.

The project seeks to create four in situ gene banks covering a total of 500,000 hectares to protect the wild gene pools for coffee, enset, teff and durum wheat through four pilot sites.

Lessons learnt at the pilot sites will be widely disseminated across the regions and up to the federal level. This will assist in scaling up the approaches used at the pilot sites and further mainstreaming agro-biodiversity conservation into the national agricultural systems.

What have we accomplished so far

·       Four community bylaws on conservation of farmers’ varieties reviewed and  approved

·       Yayu  forest coffee  certified by Rain Forest Alliance

·       One community gene bank with 82 farmers’ varieties managed by the beneficiaries in Angacha. Construction of two field gene banks at Minjar and Gimbichu, and a Botanical Garden in Jimma also in progress.

·       Different public awareness activities conducted:

·       30 minute documentary film produced and  broadcasted through Oromiya TV and radio   

·       Billboards and light boxes displaying Yayu forest coffee showcased at Bole international airport

·        Promotional activities conducted during the Biodiversity Day by the Ethiopian Television

·        Marketing strategy for the Yayu forest coffee, durum wheat and teff prepared.

The policy gaps and institutional overlap in seven sectoral institutions (Biodiversity, Environment, Trade, Industry, Investment, Agriculture and Forest) reviewed. The document has approved by the parliament.

Who Finances it?

Financing for this project is provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).


Delivery in previous fiscal year

Project Overview
Project start date:
Estimated end date:
December 2015
Geographic coverage:
Amhara, Oromiya and SNNP regional states
Focus Area:
Climate Change, Environment and DRM
Project officer:
Wubua Mekonnen,
Ethiopian Institute for Biodiversity Conservation
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