What is your name, department, and university?:
Melaku Berhe Redda, Department of Natural Resource Economics and Management (NREM), College of Dryland Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mekelle University, Ethiopia. I am a Scholar for the Livestock Innovation Lab.
Melaku discussing adaptation options. Photo Credit: Melaku Berhe.
Describe a time when you overcame a great challenge (work or personal):
The exciting challenge I faced during my field survey in 2012 was that most of the pastoralists in the northern part of the Afar Region in Ethiopia, were severely hit by drought. It was really difficult to conduct individual interviews while everyone was focused on saving human and animal lives. Particularly, it was hard to meet household heads as most of them migrated to other districts in search of food and fodder. I asked someone whether I could go to their destinations so as to meet my respondents for conducting the interviews. As the migrated people went to several districts following the availability of rain and animal feed, it was difficult to meet them in specific villages. Fortunately in June 2013, there was relatively good rain in northern Afar and the households who previously migrated to other areas started coming back to their original homes. It was during this time that I attempted to manage interviewing most of my respondents. Continue reading