Proceedings of the International Conference on Contemporary Development Issues in Ethiopia, August 16-18, 2001, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Introduction, Sisay Asefa, Western Michigan University, USA

Part I: Agriculture, Environment, and Food Security Issues

“Soil and Water Resource Degradation Factors Affecting Productivity in Ethiopian Highland Agro-Ecosystems” Paulos Dubale, Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organization (EARO), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

“Deforestation and Land Degradation on the Ethiopian Highlands: A Strategy for Physical Recovery” Badege Bishaw, Oregon State University, USA

“Deforestation, Wood Famine, and Environmental Degradation in Highland Ecosystems of Ethiopia: Urgent Need for Actions” Demel Teketay, Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organization (EARO), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

“Environmental Degradation and Conflict in Borkena Area, Shewa” Berhanu Balcha, Aalborg University, Denmark.

“Determinants of Farmer Perceptions of the Severity and Yield Impact of Soil Erosion: Evidence from Northern Ethiopia” Berhanu Gebremedhin, International Livestock Research Institute and Scott Swinton Department of Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University

“Community Resource Management: The Case of Grazing Lands in Northern Ethiopia” Berhanu Gebre-Medhin, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), John Pender, International Food Policy Research Institute, and Girmay Tesfay, Makelle University

“Decision making on manure use and fallowing as soil fertility maintenance techniques in the Northern Highlands of Ethiopia: The case of Ankober District” Senait Regassa, University of Hohenheim, Germany

“Technological Innovation and managing vertisol resources in the highlands of Ethiopia” Gezahegn Ayele, Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organization, Debrezeit, Ethiopia

“The Impact of Globalization on Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Agricultural Production in African Economies” Livingstone Musoro, Africa University, Zimbabwe

“Of Markets and Middlemen: Transforming Agricultural Markets in Ethiopia” Eleni Gabre-Madhin, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C.

“Supply Response of Ethiopian Farmers to Price and Non-Price Factors: A Micro-Economic Analysis” Abrar Suleiman, School of Economics The University of Nottingham, UK.

“Simulating Strategy Options for Enhancing HYV-Maize Technology Adoption in Oromia, Ethiopia” Bedassa Tadesse, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

“Financing Small Farmer Development in Ethiopia” Hailelul Getahun, Hermitage, Tennessee

“Emerging Informal Land Markets: A Quest for Equitable and Efficient Land Tenure Systems” Tesfaye Teklu, Western Michigan University

“Differential Adoption of Technologies and its Implications for Policy choice between Equity and Growth” Beyene Tadesse, University of Hoheneim, Germany

“Coffee-Enset-Livestock Interaction for sustainable livelihood in the Sidama area of Southern Ethiopia” Tsegaye Yilma, Jimma Agricultural Research Center, Jimma, Ethiopia

“Agricultural Research System of Ethiopia: Past History and Future Vision”, Tesfaye Zegeye, Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organization (EARO), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

“Food Security and Rural Vulnerability in Ethiopia: A Development Perspective” Alemayehu Lirenso, University of Phoenix, NC

“Causes of Seasonal Food Insecurity in Oromiya Zone of Amhara Region: Farmers’ View” Degefa Tolossa, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NORWAY

“The Effects of Food Aid and Household Composition on Child Farm Labor Supply in Rural Ethiopia”, Takashi Yamano, Michigan State University

Part II: Economics, Human Resources, and Technology Issues

“Colonizing Ideas: A Comparative Look at Receptivity to the Adoption of Western Education in Japan and Ethiopia”, Getachew Felleke, Miyazaki International College, Miyazaki, Japan

“Are More Children a Blessing? Determinants of Demand for Children In Jimma, Ethiopia” Bedassa Tadesse & Sisay Asefa
Department of Economics, Western Michigan University

“Women's Higher Education in Ethiopia Under Three Regimes, 1950-1997” Alem Habtu, Queens College, New York, USA

“ The Conflict of Ethnic Identity and the Language of Education Policy in Contemporary Ethiopia”, Teshome Wagaw, The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, USA

“Looking at African Value Systems through Cultural Dimensions: How Do African Countries Culturally differ among themselves and from the United States?” Habte G. Woldu, University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Texas, USA

“Health and Education Issues in Ethiopia” Meskerem Shiferaw, Ethiopian Social Relief & Development Fund, Ethiopia

“Today’s Children, Tomorrow’s Leaders: Are We Neglecting the Agent’s of Change?” Asegedech Hailemariam, Eastern Illinois University, USA

“The Evolution and Development of the Public Health College and Training Center in Gonder: The History of Che-Che-la, from an Italian Consular Office to Medical College/1910s-1970s/”, Solomon Getahun, Michigan State University, USA

“ Promoting Child Protection through Community Resources: Care Arrangements for Ethiopian AIDS Orphans”, Steven Varnis, Kalamazoo Community Mental Health Services, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

“HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia: The Epidemic and Social, Economic, and Demographic Impacts”, Hemut Kloos, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, California, USA

“ Obstacles, Controversies, and Prospects Surrounding Child Management in Addis Ababa” Getnet Tadele, Amsterdam School of Social Science Research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

“Participation of Ethiopian Women in education and Development” Sewnet Mamo, Institute of Social Psychology, University of Klagenfurt , Austria

“The Macroeconomics of Foreign Aid to Ethiopia: Internal Balance and Fiscal Response-An Alternate Framework” Getnet Alemu, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands

“Exports, Liberalization and Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa” Seid Hassan, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky, USA

“Foreign Direct Investment in Africa: Implications for Ethiopia” Adugna Lemi & Sisay Asefa, Western Michigan University, USA

“Recent Macroeconomic Developments in Ethiopia” Alemayehu Geda, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

“Private Sector Development In Ethiopia” Solomon Deneke,VOCA, Ethiopia

“Economic Reforms and Structural Changes in Ethiopia since 1992; An Inquiry”, Prabhakar Reddy Tada, National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderbad, India

“Impact of Government Policies on the Development of ITC in Ethiopia” Dawit Bekele, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

“Distance Education Initiatives for Ethiopia” Abebe Kebede, North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

“A Review of Distributed Generation Technologies and Their Applicability in Ethiopia” Yared Mengistu, GM Powertrain, Wixom, Michigan, and Haeran Fisseha, IONA Corporation, Mount View, California, USA

“Influence of high stream flow variability on the design of small hydropower plants in semi-arid regions Case study: Ropi hydropower plant in Bilate basin in Ethiopia” Zelalem Hailu and H.B. Horlacher, Dresden University, Dresden, Germany.


Part III: Governance, Institutions and Diaspora Issues

“From Marxism-Leninism to Ethnicity: The Sideslips of Ethiopia Elitism”, Messay Kebede, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, USA

“Bureaucratic Neutrality in an Ethnic Federalism: The Case of Ethiopia” Berhanu Mengistu and Elizabeth Vogel, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA

“Perspectives on Institutional Reform in Ethiopia: The Critical Role of Building Enabling Institutions for Economic Development” Sisay Asefa, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

“Ethiopia: An Alternative Approach to National Development” Daniel Kendie, Henderson University, Henderson, Arkansas, USA

“Does the Ethiopian in the Diaspora Have a Role in Ethiopia’s Development: A Synopsis” Temesghen Hailu, Association of Higher Education and Development (AHEAD), Canada

“Nationalism as a Contingent Event: Some Reflections on the Ethio-Eriterean Experience” Mesfin Araya, City University of New York, New York, USA

“Reflections on Development in Ethiopia” Paul Henze, The Rand Corporation, Washington D.C., USA

“The Elite and the Quest for Peace, Democracy, and Development in Ethiopia: Lessons to be learned” Merera Gudina, Addis Ababa University, & The Institute of Social Studies, the Hague, Netherlands

“The EPRDF and the Crisis of the Ethiopian State” Aregawi Berhe, Leiden University, The Netherlands

“Ethiopia, The TPLF and Roots of the 2001 Political Tremor” Paulos Milkias, Concordia University, Canada