Conference exploring options
for making the tenure regime a force of development commenced
The land issue has
continued to be a significant issue and a challenge to the development effort of
the country. But the debate on land has become bogged down on the subject of
private versus public ownership which left out a wide array of important issues
that have major significance for the development effort.
A day long conference aimed to move away from this stalemate
argument towards a more fruitful dialogue exploring options for making the
tenure regime a force for development has been held at the Hilton Hotel, on
August 5, 2005.
under the broad theme of Land and the Challenge of Sustainable Development
discussed issues including, Land and Environmental Challenge, On Land and
Rural Differentiation, Land and the experience of other countries, Land and
Gender issues, Land and Technological Diffusion, Land, Environment and
The conference, jointly
hosted by the Forum for Social Studies (FSS), the Ethiopian Economic Association
(EEA) and the Agricultural Economics Society of Ethiopia (AESE), brought
together specialists and concerned people from civil society groups, academia,
government agencies, the private sector and the media.
It is hoped that
the conference provides opportunities for the cross fertilization of ideas that
will be useful to policy-making and will promote public awareness.