Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (OCFCU) works exclusively in Oromia Regional State, which accounts for more than 65 % of the country’s total coffee growing land. OCFCU exports traceable Fairtrade and organic certified coffees. The Fairtrade premium and support from roasters are invested in social projects like schools, health posts, clean water, and infrastructure. Also, OCFCU is undertaking its cook stove for carbon reduction project registering with Gold Standard in order to further support its member livelihood and environmental protection work in the -Oromia region.
The Oromia cook stove project is a small scale project activity that will introduce energy efficient cook stoves into rural area of Oromia Region registered as GS-5463 and thereof to reduce fuel wood uses and associated greenhouse gas emissions in targets 11,000 households with 22,000 stove in 2019
This project is a voluntary coordinated activity implemented through Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union(OCFCU), located in the Oromia region In the rural areas of West Wollega, Ghimbi, many residents use firewood from the nearby coffee shade endemic forest, vegetation and biomass for the cooking. This leads to deforestation and accounts to grave health hazards caused from indoor air pollution. To alleviate this problem, the project distributes 11,321 units of fuel efficient cook stoves that will serve coffee producers.
In order to reduce global warming, many industrialized countries will buy “carbon credits” from projects that reduce their CO2 emissions. Indeed, CO2 from the cooking smoke contributes to global warming. This project will count the reduction in CO2 from the use of Fuel Efficient Stove (FES), sell these as “carbon credits” and use the money to improve the livelihoods of the local communities.