Amanuel is one of our ‘4 A’s’ on this field trip: promising students helping us reach out to more and more smallholder farmers. Amanuel currently sits atop of his class at Jimma University and is on course to graduate with honours with in 2017.
Amanuel currently lives with his wife and child in Jimma, close to the university. Born and raised in Bonga, his primary language is Kaffigna, the local dialect used in the Kaffa region. Amongst his many talents is networking: he knows a lot of people in the Ethiopian coffee scene.
While just 30 years old, Amanual has years of experience training farmers on how to increase their crop yields and better process their coffee after harvesting. On our recent trip with him, Amanuel co-hosted a training session with some 30 farmers. Speaking Kaffigna, we couldn’t understand precisely what he was saying. But we do know the farmers were listening, and that’s the whole point.