West Wollega is one of the 18 administrative zones of Oromia National Regional
State. Administratively, the zone has 21 districts, of which 19 are rural districts
and 2 are urban administrations which are again subdivided into 533 kebeles (487
peasant associations and 46 urban dwellers associations). Gimbi Town, which is
located at a distance of 441 km from Finfinne, is the capital of the zone.
Availability of reliable and up-to-date information of an area, regarding natural
resources and existing socio-economic situations, is crucial for preparing proper
development plans, undertaking further research activities and making decisions
as well as taking proper measures regarding the area. The main objective of
compiling this profile is, therefore, to provide basic zonal information on natural
resource bases and socio-economic conditions, which could serve as base for
development planning and several other related activities in the zone. The data
used in the profile is entirely secondary, and it was collected from various official
reports and records pertaining to the issues.