Agriculture & Sustainability

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A key challenge for agriculture is to sustain resources, health and wealth as the world’s population grows from 7 billion today to 9 billion by 2050. Winrock International improves the capacity of people, their communities and governments to achieve food security and equitable livelihoods through strategies such as alternative crops, innovative technologies, natural resource conservation, sustainable business practices, and improved on-farm production, harvesting and storage methods.

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MORRILTON, Ark. (March 11, 2016) – For 50 years, silence has reigned between the United States and Cuba. But warming relations between the two countries is now a hot topic — and Arkansas is poised to lead the conversation. On March 21-22, agriculture and Cuba will take center stage in Arkansas as Winrock International, the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute and The Howard Baker Forum convene The Cuba Consortium Agriculture and Food Roundtable on Petit Jean Mountain in Morrilton, Ark.

The 21st United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (COP 21) that took place in Paris in December 2015 resulted in a historic agreement. 195 nations agreed to combat climate change and introduce actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future.

Value Chains for Rural Development Call for Applications: Innovative Grants Fund in Myanmar

The Value Chains for Rural Development Project, funded by USAID and implemented by Winrock International, invites qualified producer groups, for-profit businesses, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations and nonprofits to propose inititatives under one or more of the Project's broad objectives.

A man sells vegetables at a market in Bangladesh.

BANGKOK, October 15, 2015 — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced a new project to share affordable technology and agricultural practices between countries in Asia to increase incomes of poor farmers.

A farmer in his field in Cuba.

The Asociacion Cubana de Tecnicos Agricolas y Forestales (ACTAF) invited Winrock volunteer Charles Mitchell to present at the country’s first ever National Conference on Organic Certification. Mitchell shared his expertise as both an organic farmer and an organic inspector in the United States and Canada.

The USAID Bangladesh Climate Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods (CREL) project is working to scale-up and adapt successful co-management models to conserve vital lands, improve governance of natural resources and biodiversity, and increase resilience to climate change through improved planning and livelihoods diversification.

The Knowledge-based Integrated Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition (KISAN) project is improving food security by increasing incomes through improved agriculture production for about one million people across 20 districts in the western regions of Nepal.

The Northern Uganda Development of Enhanced Local Governance Infrastructure and Livelihoods (NUDEIL) program is a development effort to support the government’s Peace, Reconciliation and Development Plan, a strategy to transition from humanitarian assistance to stability and sustainable development in the northern region.

The Pakistan Agriculture and Cold Chain Development (PACCD) project introduces agricultural practices and post-harvest strategies to help farmers earn more income by increasing productivity and reducing losses.

Under the West Africa Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Initiative, Winrock’s proven Multiple-Use water Services (MUS) approach is sustainably improving the health and livelihoods of 34,000 people by providing water for domestic and productive needs, and leveraging the poverty impact of these water investments through supporting health, livelihoods and environmental activities.

The 21st United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (COP 21) that took place in Paris in December 2015 resulted in a historic agreement. 195 nations agreed to combat climate change and introduce actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future.

Winrock International’s work with smallholder farmers in Asia, Africa and Latin America focuses on improving productivity and incomes.

In Indonesia, agriculture — particularly the food-crops sector — is extremely susceptible to climate variability and change. In order to improve resilience to climate shocks and ensure sustainable crop yields, the John D. Rockefeller 3RD Scholars Program of Winrock International commissioned a multi-disciplinary research team to develop a rainfall model that would provide extension agents and farmers with detailed information on rice planting times and yields. This is a summary of the research team's major findings.

In 2014, Winrock’s John D. Rockefeller 3RD Scholars Program held a competition for applied research concepts to assess the current value of mangrove ecosystem services in the Sundarbans of Bangladesh, as well as changes that are likely to occur due to climate change and other impacts. This is a summary of the team that was commissioned under the USAID-funded Climate-Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods (CREL) project.

In the March 2014 Executive Insights, Devex profiled Winrock President & CEO Rodney Ferguson. The article focuses on his transition from a business background to leading an international NGO. Ferguson discusses his first year at Winrock and shares his vision for the future.

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MORRILTON, Ark. (March 11, 2016) – For 50 years, silence has reigned between the United States and Cuba. But warming relations between the two countries is now a hot topic — and Arkansas is poised to lead the conversation. On March 21-22, agriculture and Cuba will take center stage in Arkansas as Winrock International, the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute and The Howard Baker Forum convene The Cuba Consortium Agriculture and Food Roundtable on Petit Jean Mountain in Morrilton, Ark.

Value Chains for Rural Development Call for Applications: Innovative Grants Fund in Myanmar

The Value Chains for Rural Development Project, funded by USAID and implemented by Winrock International, invites qualified producer groups, for-profit businesses, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations and nonprofits to propose inititatives under one or more of the Project's broad objectives.

A man sells vegetables at a market in Bangladesh.

BANGKOK, October 15, 2015 — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced a new project to share affordable technology and agricultural practices between countries in Asia to increase incomes of poor farmers.

A farmer in his field in Cuba.

The Asociacion Cubana de Tecnicos Agricolas y Forestales (ACTAF) invited Winrock volunteer Charles Mitchell to present at the country’s first ever National Conference on Organic Certification. Mitchell shared his expertise as both an organic farmer and an organic inspector in the United States and Canada.

U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson strolls through a gallery depicting project successes.

When the Pakistan Agriculture and Cold Chain Development (PACCD) project officially closed out activities with a ceremony in May, project staff and beneficiaries alike had many reasons to celebrate the substantial gains the last four and a half years have brought to the horticulture sector of Balochistan.