Frontlines Online Edition
50 Years and Food Security
November/December 2011

About Frontlines

“I realize that there are among us those who are weary of sustaining this continual effort to help other nations. But I would ask them to look at a map and recognize that many of those whom we help live on the ‘front lines’ of the long twilight struggle for freedom—that others are new nations posed between order and chaos—and the rest are older nations now undergoing a turbulent transition of new expectations. Our efforts to help them help themselves, to demonstrate and to strengthen the vitality of free institutions, are small in cost compared to our military outlays for the defense of freedom.” —John F. Kennedy, Special Message to the Congress on Foreign Aid, March 13, 1962
President Kennedy addresses a group of USAID Mission Directors and Deputy Mission Directors in the White House Rose Garden in Wa
President Kennedy addresses a group of USAID Mission Directors and Deputy Mission Directors in the White House Rose Garden in Washington, DC, June 8, 1962.
Robert Knudsen, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

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Kelly Ramundo, Editor-in-Chief
Claire McIntyre, Production Editor
Angela Rucker, Writer/Editor
Patricia Adams, Photo Librarian
Marquita Wise-Williams, Human Resources Coordinator and Employee Liaison
Adriana DelGizzi, Intern


AFGE – Willy Hardin
AFR – Susan Quinn
AFSA – Francisco Zamora
ASIA – Jan Cartwright, Joseph Truong
CFBCI – Heather MacLean
DCHA – Rebecca Gustafson, Sven Lindholm, Jessica Hartl
E3 – Jane Stanley, Elisa Walton, Ranta Russell
EE – Michael Hathaway
OCRD –  Vacant
GC – Harmony Wade
ODP – Todd Kirkbride
GH – Sandra Jordan, Chris Thomas, Jessica DiRocco
IDEA  – Cynthia Jasso-Rotunno
IG –  Debra Scott
LAC –  Maxine Hillary
LPA – Barbara Bennett
M – Lauren Gabler
ME – Hope Bryer, Jan Cartwright
SEC – Dwayne Moore, Lorraine Meehan

Welcome to FrontLines, the news publication of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

FrontLines features articles about USAID; international development and humanitarian assistance efforts around the world; and the people who are dedicated to these efforts. It is produced bimonthly and distributed electronically and in print.

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Last updated: October 13, 2017