The village chairman in Abraha Atsbeha, Gebremichael Giday, recently traveled to the Rio +20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development to receive the Equator Prize for community-led environment and poverty solutions. He has devoted years of energy and leadership to building his community through MERET, in partnership with WFP. "Twenty years ago, drought was so bad here that we were begging the government to relocate us," he remembers while standing in the garden of his home, surrounded by fruit trees and coffee plants. "Now, you couldn't force us to move with a bulldozer."