Ethiopian Business Review

Cotton, a natural fiber, has been grown in Ethiopia for millennia. However, the local production hardly satisfies the demand of textile industries in the country. This is despite the fact that a total of three million hectares of suitable land, which is equivalent to that of Pakistan’s, the fourth largest cotton producer in the world, is available in the country. To reverse the situation, Ethiopia recently started experimenting with Genetically Modified (GM) cotton variety known as BT cotton. 

GM cotton varieties have proven to be successful in India, China, Pakistan and US. Currently, 25 million hectares of land is cultivated around the globe with this variety. Ethiopia is moving in the same direction. However, there is a recent development in which growers’ of the commodity are reverting back to locally improved cotton seeds. EBR’s Ashenafi Endale has delved into the matter and spoken to researchers, policy makers and industrialists to offer this report.

Friday, 01 December 2017 06:00
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In Ethiopia, coffee is a means of  economic gains for close to 30Pct of the population. Despite being among the top coffee producing countries in the world, Ethiopia lags behind in export earnings. In fact, export revenue from coffee only increased by 22.7Pct to USD882 million from USD719 million seven years ago. Part of the problem is the decline of price observed in the international market especially since 2011, which had adverse effect on the country’s earning. To reverse the situation, the Ethiopia government has been focusing on boosting the volume of export of raw green coffee in the past, which has low value globally compared with roasted coffee. However, there have been interventions in legislations and institutional setups that facilitate the environment for local value adding accompanies in the sector. EBR’s Mikiyas Tesfaye explores Ethiopia’s expedition towards exporting roasted coffee that has more than twofold value compared with the traditional raw green coffee in the international market.

Friday, 03 November 2017 03:00
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Ethiopian Airlines, Ethiopia’s flagship national carrier, has been experiencing impressive growth by most measures. The Airline is continually adding planes to its fleet, is expanding the number of international destinations to which it flies, and is generally ranked as one of the most profitable airlines in Africa. Despite the Airline’s promising growth, the same cannot be said of the country’s private airline industry. Ethiopia’s private domestic airlines have had difficulty reaching the consumer market, especially compared to countries like Kenya and Tanzania. EBR’s Berihun Mekonnen explores the reasons why this is the case.

Monday, 01 December 2014 09:00
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