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                                Content Matters  "Against my will, I have witnessed the most terrible defeat of reason It was an interesting piece of news last week to learn that, following
     Established in May 2000.                    and the most savage triumph of brutality in the chronicle of time. talks between the military and civilian leaders, Sudan’s Prime
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  Volume 22, Number 1126                         fallen from such intellectual heights as ours to such moral depths." between the different forces contending for power. This could mean
Sunday, November 28, 2021                        Stefan Zweig, The World of Yesterday. There were discoveries that one more disaster is avoided in a region that has a flood of
                                                 in the scientific or social science frontiers that have altered problems. The Horn of Africa is a peculiar part of the world. With
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                                                 Sunday Markets Offer Consumers
  667/98. Independent News & Media Plc           Respite from Soaring Prices
 is registered by the Ministry of Trade and
                                                      City officials seem to be taking a break from heavy-handed policies to fight galloping
    Industry under Registration Number           inflation in Addis Abeba, organising Sunday markets where residents shop at markedly lower
              020/2/2349/97.                     prices. The initiative seems to be a success, but continuity and reliable supplies remain issues

            Managing Editor                         to address to stabilise markets, reports SAMUEL BOGALE, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.
              Tamrat G. Giorgis
         tamrat@addisfortune.net                 Consumers and traders have                                                                                                                                                    Photo by: Sawrawork Tafari
                                                 congregated in designated areas of
              Editor-in-chief                    Addis Abeba for a Sunday market              The staple grain teff is among the commodities being sold at relatively lower prices during the Addis Abeba
               Samson Hailu                      that many have come to depend             Trade Bureau's Sunday markets. A kilo of white-and-brown mixed teff was going for 44 Br, around six Birr less
     samson.hailu@addisfortune.net               on for affordability. Last Sunday,
            House Number 1948                    hundreds of shoppers, around a                                                                                                                        than the retail price.
                 Wereda, 09                      dozen cooperatives, and a handful
                                                 of traders crowded the sidewalks of       have been a respite for the residents the extensive involvement of brokers tremendously, listing over 1,400
         Deputy Editor-in-chief                  Ras Abebe Aregay Street near Mexico
              Christian Tesfaye                  Square, one of five locations where       of a city where living costs have and intermediaries are among the shareholders, 117 staff, a mill house,
                                                 the market goes on every week.            become unruly. Headline inflation most visible. These are the issues the and a string of retail shops in the
    christian.tesfaye@addisfortune.net           A resident of Lideta area, Meseret        reached 34.2pc last month and nearly Trade Bureau tried to address when Kolfe Qeranyo District. It has supplied
                                                 Adugna, 59, brought her young             35pc the month before, reported the it rolled out the Sunday markets last goods to the open market since it was
               Copy Editor                       daughter along to shop for groceries.                                                                                      launched a month ago, each time
                Kidus Dawit                      She waited for a vendor working           Ethiopian Statistical Service (ESS),    month. Though not flawless, it has       selling an average of 20qtl of onion,
          kidus@addisfortune.net                 with Beza Cooperative to weigh the        a federal agency that measures a        primarily been seen as a success.        making the vegetable its most-traded
                                                 five kilogrammes of potato she was        consumer prices index.                                                           commodity. The first week, a kilo
            Assignment Editor                    buying. A look of satisfaction abounds                                            Onions, for example, were on sale for    went for 16.5 Br. It went up to 23 Br
                 Hawi Dadhi                      her face; Meseret was getting a good      The index calculates the cost to buy    less than 20 Br a kilo at the market     beginning last week, still significantly
                                                 deal. The potatoes were going for 10      a basket of goods to determine how      on Ras Abebe Aregay Street when          less than prices elsewhere.
       hawi.dadhi@addisfortune.net               Br a kilo, nearly half what she would     much inflation occurs in the broad      Meseret was visiting it. Two months
                                                 have spent at one of the shops in her     economy using data from a base year.    ago, retailers in the capital were       Muzemil Temam, a board chairperson
             Senior Reporter                     neighbourhood in the Lideta District.     Food is only one item measured in       selling a kilo for 60 Br due to supply   of Beza Cooperative, attributes the
               Samuel Bogale                     In her right hand, she held a bag         the index.                              shortages. Though these retailers        price increase to supply crunches.
                                                 with packs of spaghetti, which cost                                               now sell a kilo for around 30 Br,
     samuel.bogale@addisfortune.net              20pc less at the Sunday market than       Food inflation, registered at 40.7pc    Meseret and consumers prefer to          “We saw a large volume of onion
                                                 elsewhere in the city.                    in October this year, was the highest   do their shopping on Sunday Market       transported a little over a month
                 Reporter                        "It's delightful even to see all these    in over a decade, painting a bleak      managed by cooperatives like Beza,       ago from Meqi (in Oromia Regional
              Bersabeh Gebre                     commodities here," she said.              picture for low- and fixed-income       paying a lot less.                       State) after a visit by the Prime
                                                 Organised by the Addis Abeba              families like Meseret, who is a                                                  Minister,” said Muzemil. “But that
    bersabeh.gebre@addisfortune.net              Trade Bureau, with the Addis Abeba        housewife supported by her two          Beza Cooperative was established         hasn't continued.”
                                                 Cooperative Agency, the Sunday            children. A multitude of factors drive  eight years ago by 250 shareholders
              Photographer                       market is dominated mainly by
              Sawrawork Tafari                   consumer cooperatives.                    food prices, but a lack of market who each contributed 180 Br in Another commodity that was flying
       sawrawork@addisfortune.net                Beza is one of 23 cooperatives in the
                                                 Kolfe Qeraniyo District overseen by       information, inconsistent supply, and equity. The cooperative has grown off the shelves so quick was teff, a
                 Columnist                       a union. There are 148 cooperatives
                 Eden Sahle                      in the capital, each organised under a
         edensah2000@gmail.com.                  union. The 10 districts in the city, bar
                Cartoonist                       the recently-established Lemi Kura
              Henok Demessie                     District, has their union overseeing
         henokbezawit@gmail.com                  the cooperatives like Beza.
                                                 The City Administration has disbursed
            Creative Director                    half a billion Birr in loans to these
              Ashenafi Chekol                    unions to facilitate the Sunday
                                                 markets. The unions supply consumer
    ashenafi.chekol@addisfortune.net             cooperatives with commodities to sell
                                                 at discount rates. The weekly markets
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