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Gimbi is one of the 180 woredas in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Mirab Welega Zone, Gimbi woreda is bordered on the south by Haru, on the southwest by Yubdo, on the west by Lalo Asabi, on the north by the Benishangul-Gumuz Region, on the east by the Misraq Welega Zone, and on the southeast by an exclave of the Benishangul-Gumuz Region. The administrative center for this woreda is Gimbi; other towns in Gimbi include Homa.

Coffee is an important cash crop of this woreda. Over 5,000 hectares are planted with this crop [1]. Iron and phosphate deposits are known to be located in the neighborhood of Bikilal, a village 18 to 20 kilometers north of Gimbi, but have not yet been commercially developed [2].


Based on figures published by the Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia in 2005, this woreda has an estimated total population of 147,701, of whom 75,078 are men and 72,623 are women; 40,162 or 27.19% of its population are urban dwellers, which is greater than the Zone average of 10.9%. With an estimated area of 1,183.44 square kilometers, Gimbi has an estimated population density of 124.8 people per square kilometer, which is greater than the Zone average of 91.7 [3].

The 1994 national census reported a total population for this woreda of 100,705 in 14,532 households, of whom 49,312 were men and 51,393 were women; 22,448 or 22.29% of its population were urban dwellers. The two largest ethnic groups reported in Gimbi were the Oromo (95.3%) and the Amhara (2.49%); all other ethnic groups made up 2.21% of the population. Afaan Oromoo, also known as Oromiffa, is spoken as a first language by 97.35%, and 2.08% speak Amharic; the remaining 0.57% speak all other primary languages reported. The majority of the inhabitants observed Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, with 51.83% reporting that as their religion, while 40.18% were Protestant, 4.79% were Muslim, and 1.76% Catholic [4].


  1. "Coffee Production" Oromia Coffee Cooperative Union website
  2. Economic Mineral Potential, Geological Survey of Ethiopia Web Page (accessed 26 January 2009)
  3. CSA 2005 National Statistics, Tables B.3 and B.4
  4. 1994 Population and Housing Census of Ethiopia: Results for Oromia Region, Vol. 1, part 1, Tables 2.1, 2.12, 2.16, 2.20, Annex II.2 (accessed 9 April 2009)

Coordinates: 9°00′N 36°00′E / 9.000°N 36.000°E / 9.000; 36.000

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