Kafficho people

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The Kafficho people are an ethnic group hailing from Ethiopia. As of 2007, they accounted for only 1.2% of Ethiopia's population.[1] Most of the Kafficho live in Ethiopia's Kafa Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities and People's Regional States region. Their traditional language, Kafa or Kaffinono, is still spoken among much of the population.[1] Coffee may derive its name from the Kafa zone, where it was first cultivated, though this is considered unlikely.[2]

The Kingdom of Kaffa was established in 1390 and lasted until 1897, when it was fully integrated into the Ethiopian Empire, of which it had previously been an intermittent tributary. While the Kingdom's economy had relied largely on the export of gold and slaves, the modern Kafficho are agriculturalists.[2]


  1. ^ a b "The World Factbook". www.cia.gov. Retrieved 2016-04-17.
  2. ^ a b "Ethnobotanical study of medicinal plants in Kafficho people, southwestern Ethiopia". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2016-04-17.