The Ethiopian Economic Association/EEA/ organized a day conference on the Economic development of Southern Nations and Nationalities Peoples Regional State for the seventh round on 25 March 2017 at Hawassa Lewi Resort conference Hall in collaboration with EEA Hawassa chapter . The conference was opened by welcoming address of Ato Demirew Getachew, Head EEA Secretariat. This was followed by an official opening statement by Ato Abraham Sintayehu, representative of SNNPR BoFED. The Ethiopian Economic Association Hawassa Chapter comprises five member universities, namely Dilla, Wolaita Sodo, Wolkite, Arba Minch and Wachamo Universities. It is centered in the Department of Economics, Hawassa University.
During the conference, six papers were presented by various researchers from Hawassa, Dilla, Haramaya, Arba Minch and Addis Ababa Universities. The papers focused on the regional socio-economic condition were presented and discussed: the topics covered includes;
· Trend, Exit Times and Determinants of Rural Poverty in Case of Southern Nation Nationalities People Region, Ethiopia: Evidence from survey data,
· Determinants of adoption of water using devices and water saving behavior in Ethiopia: Evidence from Hawassa Households,
· Climate change and farmers’ perceptions by smallholding farmers: the case of Soro woreda Hadiya zone, SNNPR, Ethiopia,
· Market Chain Analysis of coffee: the case of Dale district of southern Ethiopia,
· Effect of Method of Sowing and Time of Di-Ammonium Phosphate (DAP) Fertilizer Application, on Yield and Yield Components of Tef ((Eragrostic tef) Trotter) at Shebedino, Southern Ethiopia,
· The Impact of Self Help Group on Household Food Security (Case of TDA’s Self Help Group)
The objective of the conference was to strengthen the regional economic development by further inspiring the researchers and disseminate the research outputs to the people and/or regional policy makers. It also gives an opportunity for researchers and participants to share their experiences and enhance their linkage. The conference attracted about 130 participants.