In honor of Earth Day on April 22, this photo, a Feed the Future photo contest winner, shows a farmer in Ethiopia, succeeding against the odds and producing a bountiful harvest in drought conditions. He is transporting a variety of chickpea called “areti,” which means “not afraid of drought.” The areti was introduced by the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics and the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research.
Feed the Future is the U.S. Government’s Global Food Security Initiative, supported here by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which is working with local groups in Ethiopia to improve markets for chickpeas in the country. OPIC also supports Feed the Future through multiple projects aimed at improving agricultural yields and access to clean water. See other Feed the Future photo contest winners here.