Gesha is one of the 77 woredas in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Keficho Shekicho Zone, Gesha is bordered on the south by Chena, on the southwest by Yeki, on the west by Masha Anderacha, on the north by the Oromia Region, and on the east by Ginbo. Towns in Gesha include Deka and Yadeta.
Major rivers in Gesha include the Gonogory, Datay, Yobateshe, Shewleche, Ginnay, Ocashy, and Gojeb Rivers.
Gesha is home to the Gemadro Coffee Plantation, a property of the Ethio-Coffee and Tea Plantation and Marketing PLC, which is a division of MIDROC. According to the Gemadro website, 1010 of the 2295 hectares is planted in coffee. The plantation and the neighboring village are named after the Gemadro River.
Based on figures published by the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, this woreda has an estimated total population of 166,026, of whom 85,383 are men and 80,643 are women; 4,674 or 2.82% of its population are urban dwellers, which is less than the Zone average of 9.7%. With an estimated area of 2,382.35 square kilometers, Gesha has an estimated population density of 69.7 people per square kilometer, which is less than the Zone average of 81.9.
In the 1994 national census Gesha had a population of 117,121, of whom 56,929 were men and 60,192 women; 2,579 or 2.2% of its population were urban dwellers. The three largest ethnic groups reported in this woreda were the Kafficho (88.67%), the Oromo (10.08%), and the Amhara (0.75%); all other ethnic groups made up 0.5% of the population. Kafa was spoken as a first language by 88.72% of the inhabitants, 10.23% spoke Oromiffa, and 0.61% spoke Amharic; the remaining 0.44% spoke all other primary languages reported. Concerning education, 15.73% of the population were considered literate; 10.98% of children aged 7–12 were in primary school; 2.44% of the children aged 13–14 were in junior secondary school; and 0.57% of the inhabitants aged 15–18 were in senior secondary school. Concerning sanitary conditions, about 7.72% of the urban houses and 9.6% of all houses had access to safe drinking water at the time of the census, while about 5.25% of the urban and 49.34% of the total had toilet facilities.
- Gemadro Coffee Page (accessed 24 January 2007) This is the coffee sold under the Gemadro name in Starbucks.
- CSA 2005 National Statistics, Tables B.3 and B.4
- 1994 Population and Housing Census of Ethiopia: Results for Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Region, Vol. 1, part 1, Tables 2.1, 2.12, 2.15 (accessed 30 December 2008)
- 1994 Population and Housing Census of Ethiopia: Results for Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Region, Vol. 1, part 1, Tables 2.1, 2.12, 2.19, 3.5, 3.7, 6.3, 6.11, 6.13 (accessed 30 December 2008)
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