For many Americans, Viet Nam, if not a war zone, is a third world country struggling with the same issues other developing nations are. We’ve heard news reports of its fledging economic successes and many returning from trips to the area report the vibrancy of certain regions. Still it is a welcomed surprise to read that Viet Nam is now helping Chad improve its food security. Chad a land-locked West African nation bordering the Darfur region is among the world’s poorest countries. According to a recently signed agreement, brokered by the FAO’s technical cooperation department, Vietnamese experts will help Chad with activities such as irrigation meant to improve food security. Nevertheless, Viet Nam is now sharing its knowledge with those less developed—an accomplishment to be sure.