Every day, all over the world, USAID brings peace to those who endure violence, health to those who struggle with sickness, and prosperity to those who live in poverty. It is these individuals — these uncounted thousands of lives — that are the true measure of USAID’s successes and the true face of USAID's programs.
New Rice for Africa, or NERICA, is a hardy, high-yielding rice varietal that USAID is helping bring to farmers, including Coulibaly. Through the United States' flagship food security initiative, Feed the Future, USAID works with grassroots organizations and producer cooperatives to make NERICA available on a large scale in Senegal to increase rice production, and in turn, improve families’ food security and incomes.
Twenty-year-old Hrayr Kurdian was born and raised in Aanjar, a town in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. He has always loved the outdoors and prefers spending time in nature to surfing the Internet or playing video games like other young adults.
Kurdian moved to Beirut hoping to work, but found it difficult to adapt to urban life and missed Aanjar's natural surroundings. He ended up moving back to Aanjar but struggled to find work. With only 2,400 residents in the winter, the community offered few opportunities.
Last updated: January 08, 2014