Ethiopian Business Review

Cursed Business, Blessed Money

Khat has become one of Ethiopia’s most lucrative exports, recently surpassing even coffee. However, the impact of Khat becoming more profitable is that farmers are starting to steer away from traditional staple crops in favor of growing it. Even so, the government still doesn’t have a cohesive strategy or supports to ensure that the country is getting the greatest possible benefits, as EBR’s Ashenafi Endale explores.

Saturday, 15 December 2018 03:00
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Street vending has become a part of everyday life in Addis. On almost every major pedestrian road, there are many young people displaying their wares, from electronics, to shoes, and calling out to city residents to visit them. While these products are cheap and convenient for many, street vending is becoming the gathering place for unemployed youth who move to the cities looking for new opportunities. At the same time, the sourcing of the products is feeding into the problem the country is experiencing with contraband, as many of the items sold on the streets are illegally smuggled into the country. Addressing these issues is a big part of the city administration’s agenda, as EBR’s Ashenafi Endale reports. 

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Addis Ababa has long been a friendly place for more dessert minded people. With cafes and bakeries on almost every corner catering to all kinds of tastes, sweets are a cherished part of everyday life. However, in the last few years, ice cream, an afterthought in cafes and relegates to the status of children’s treat, has started to make a comeback. With higher standards for quality, and more variety in flavour, ice cream has started to come back into the consciousness of city residents who have fond memories of it from their childhoods. New shops, dedicated solely to ice cream, have started to spread across the city, as EBR’s Menna Asrat reports.

Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:00
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