8b. Recognise and preserve the traditional knowledge and spiritual wisdom in all cultures that contribute to environmental protection and human well-being.

Photo: Jon Super

Photo: Adam Dickens, T5 Media

Coffee was born in Oromo Ethiopia – like us. And coffee is the blood of Oromo Ethiopia – it holds our people together. We use it for socialising, for keeping the peace and for celebrating.

Coming to live in the UK has been the most difficult thing – in all of our lives. We came here knowing no-one. But now, with the OCC, we can also use the coffee to be able to learn new skills in this country. And of course – we are helping smallholder farmers back in Ethiopia – who are suffering so terribly with the hunger and the poverty.

Abiyot Shiferaw, a founding member of the Oromo Coffee Company (OCC)

The OCC has inspired us to continue our focus on the ethical sourcing of produce so that both local people and smallholders in developing countries receive not only a fair price for their labour but so that education about the long-term needs of the planet and its crops are shared.

Christina Longden, Director, Lorna Young Foundation

Coffee is the blood of Oromo Ethiopia – it holds our people together. We use it for socialising, for keeping the peace and for celebrating.

The Oromia region of Ethiopia is known as the ‘birthplace of coffee’ and from ancient times the Oromo people have used coffee as food, drink, trade, spiritual nourishment and as a tool for peace-keeping.

The Lorna Young Foundation and Oromo community set up the Oromo Coffee Company, a social enterprise owned and managed by Oromo Ethiopian refugees with UK citizenship.

8. Advance the study of ecological sustainability and promote the open exchange and wide application of the knowledge acquired.