| Measuring drought and drought impacts in Red Sea Province |
Working in the Sudan during the two years of my tenure as Research Officer for Oxfam Port Sudan has been a challenge. There were many times, particularly during the latter part of my tour, when we could not find food in the market for our field trips not to mention for our daily subsistence. I owe a debt of gratitude to my staff for their willingness to continue to work in such conditions and to subsist on so little. Without their hard work and daily sacrifices none of this work would have been possible.
It has been a rare privilege to work for Oxfam. There are few other organisation in the world like it in terms of its responsible, hardworking staff and its unique relationship with the poorest of the poor. The cooperation and important contributions to the papers in this collection by the Sudanese government is much appreciated. A particular word of thanks is due the National Water Corporation, the Gash Board, the Tokar Delta Board, the Meteorological Department, and the Sudan Survey Department.
I would like to thank the following people for their comments on earlier drafts of these papers: David de Pury, Sam Gonda, Olivia Graham, Andy Jeans, Adrian Rayson, Ilona Sulikova, and Willie Wint. Particular thanks goes to those who attended three days of discussion of the penultimate draft: Safaa Agib, Mary Cole, Fatima Gebreil, Maurice Herson, John Low, Margaret McEwan, Peter Tilley, and Martin Walsh. I would also like to thank David Bourn for his insightful comments over the last two years, June Stephen for document support, and Randy Wilson for computer support. The views expressed in this book are those of the author and not necessarily those of Oxfam.
I hope that our contribution will be of use in understanding drought, food stress, culture, and economy in Red Sea Province and will contribute circumventing future emergencies.