I went to Ethiopia with Kew Gardens and Union Hand Roasted Coffee in December 2016 to see the work they are doing with communities in Yayu Forest to help teach the children in the region the art of growing coffee as part of their schooling as well as enhancing the abilities of the farmers already active in the trade. The coffee industry is huge in Ethiopia, and provides many families with a stable form of income. The better the quality of coffee the farmers and cooperatives who represent them can produce, the higher the prices they can command and attract higher end clientelle. Improving quality is good for both the farmers, their families, the buyers, and ultimately those who drink the coffee they produce. 

A goat is prepared in a school's kitchen. In this school the teachers are being trained by the team to pass on valuable coffee growing skills to the students. 

A goat is prepared in a school's kitchen. In this school the teachers are being trained by the team to pass on valuable coffee growing skills to the students. 

School children in their classroom. Lessons in how to grow coffee are being introduced to give these students valuable skills

School children in their classroom. Lessons in how to grow coffee are being introduced to give these students valuable skills

Women sorting coffee beans by hand on drying beds. 

Women sorting coffee beans by hand on drying beds. 

Two women who work on a remote coffee plantation in the Oromiya region

Two women who work on a remote coffee plantation in the Oromiya region

Two school children in Yayu

Two school children in Yayu

Deep into the forest in the Oromyia region a woman sits by the fire after a day of work at a coffee plantation

Deep into the forest in the Oromyia region a woman sits by the fire after a day of work at a coffee plantation

A coffee worker in the shade of a coffee drying bed in Yayu

A coffee worker in the shade of a coffee drying bed in Yayu

A coffee farmer in Yayu

A coffee farmer in Yayu

Workers sift through bags of high quality 'Geisha' Coffee pick at the plantation in Oromiya

Workers sift through bags of high quality 'Geisha' Coffee pick at the plantation in Oromiya

The next generation of coffee growers 

The next generation of coffee growers 

Picking coffee cherries

Picking coffee cherries

A handful of Ethiopian unroasted coffee. Ethiopian coffee is widely regarded as the best in the world

A handful of Ethiopian unroasted coffee. Ethiopian coffee is widely regarded as the best in the world