Ambo Zuria is one of the woredas in the
Oromia Region of Ethiopia.
Part of the West Shewa Zone, it is bordered on the southwest by Tikur,
on the west by Cheliya, on the north by Ginde Beret, on the northeast
by Jeldu, on the east by Dendi, and on the southeast by the Southwest
Shewa Zone. The administrative center of this woreda is Ambo; other
towns include Gorosile and Meti.
Ambo Zuria and
Toke Kutaye woredas
and Ambo town were part of former Ambo woreda.
One of the high points in this woreda is Mount Wanchi (3386 meters).
Coffee is an important cash crop of Ambo; over 50 square kilometers
are planted with this crop.
This woreda is home to Dr. Merera Gudina, the founder and chairman of
Oromo People's Congress
Oromo People's Congress (OPC). Although the OPC has a large
following in Ambo,
Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch has received reports of kebele
officials imprisoning people for campaigning for or providing support
to the OPC, or expelling students from school for the same.
The 2007 national census reported a total population for this woreda
of 108,406, of whom 54,186 were men and 54,220 were women; 865 or 0.8%
of its population were urban dwellers. The majority of the inhabitants
said they practised Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, with 51.82% of
the population reporting they observed this belief, while 32% of the
population practiced traditional religions, and 15.9% were
Based on figures published by the Central Statistical Agency in 2005,
this woreda has an estimated total population of 260,193, of whom
131,922 are men and 128,271 are women; 70,675 or 27.16% of its
population are urban dwellers, which is greater than the Zone average
of 12.3%. With an estimated area of 1,588.13 square kilometers, Ambo
has an estimated population density of 163.8 people per square
kilometer, which is greater than the Zone average of 152.8.
The 1994 national census reported a total population for this woreda
of 177,465, of whom 87,325 were men and 90,140 women; 39,535 or 22.28%
of its population were urban dwellers at the time. The two largest
ethnic groups reported in Ambo were the Oromo (92.58%), and the Amhara
(5.76%); all other ethnic groups made up 1.16% of the population.
Oromiffa was spoken as a first language by 90.92%, and 8.37% spoke
Amharic; the remaining 0.81% spoke all other primary languages
reported. The majority of the inhabitants professed Ethiopian Orthodox
Christianity, with 74.16% of the population reporting they practiced
that belief, while 18.77% of the population said they held traditional
beliefs, and 6.07% were Protestant.
Coffee Production" Archived 2016-08-15 at the Wayback Machine.,
Coffee Cooperative Union website
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Region, Vol. 1 Archived November 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.,
Tables 2.1, 2.5, 3.4 (accessed 13 January 2012)
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Wayback Machine., Tables B.3 and B.4
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Region, Vol. 1, part 1 Archived November 15, 2009, at the Wayback
Machine., Tables 2.1, 2.13, 2.16, 2.20 (accessed 6 April 2009)
Coordinates: 9°00′N 37°45′E / 9.000°N 37.750°E /
Woredas of the Mirab Shewa Zone
Abuna Ginde Beret