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A vendor walks around Kazanchis offering traditional baskets he has sown himself. Ethiopian pancake made from teff, "Enjera", is placed in a basket dubbed Mesob before it is served. Teff is cultivated by 15 million farmers in Ethiopia, accounting for 28.5 Pc of all cultivated land at 2.8 million hectares. Despite teff being part of the local diet for millennia, a Dutch company owned the patent until a court ruling in 2019 that nullified the patent claim. A Norwegian research institute referred to the debacle as a clear case of biopiracy.


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A street vendor sells fresh-cut grass around Kera for the holiday season. Most households embellish the holiday atmosphere at home, by spraying 'Qetema' in the house. A green glaze is expanding across the capital, with a new public park being announced every few months. Lemi Park in the recently formed Lemi Kura sub-city is the latest of these projects scheduled for a 10 months construction period. Friendship and Entoto parks, with the Prime Minister Office overseeing the construction, have beco...