Wild Arabica Coffee Populations Under Severe Threat: Farmers’ Perception of Existence, Access to and Conservation Needs in the Montane Rainforests of Ethiopia
Title: Wild Arabica Coffee Populations Under Severe Threat: Farmers’ Perception of Existence, Access to and Conservation Needs in the Montane Rainforests of Ethiopia
Authors: Teklu Tesfaye (University of Bonn, Centre for Development Research (ZEF)) and Bierschenk Thomas (Institute of Ethnology and African studies, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz)
Published: Conference on International Agricultural Research for
Development (Deutscher Tropentag 2004 – Berlin, 5-7 October 2004)
Keywords: Coffea arabica, Montane Rainforests, Yayu, Sheko, Resource Management, Conservation
The aim of this study was to understand framers’ perception of the existence; access to and conservation need of the coffee forest and the wild coffee population in it. The evidence derived from the study revealed that considerable variations were observed among farmers in the same woreda and between farmers in the two woredas. Variations in perception were also observed between farmers and outsiders. Understanding framers’ perception of resource management lays the foundation and is key to improving the transparency and effectiveness of conservation and use concepts besides creating platforms that enhance negotiations between farmers and outsiders. The implication is that any endeavour attempting to develop sustainable and effective conservation policies, rules, regulations, institutions and strategies need to take into account contemporary existing farmers’ perception of resource management and use. Besides, policy makers and development practitioners need to take into account the plurality of resource management views and practices that prevail while designing conservation strategies.