Economic Opportunity

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Winrock promotes sustainable economic development by stimulating entrepreneurship, guiding and strengthening small and medium enterprises, identifying market niches, and building public-private partnerships and the infrastructure to accelerate private-sector growth. In rural communities, Winrock focuses on increasing the wealth of individuals and families through better knowledge, enhanced skills and technologies to create more jobs, improved agricultural productivity, and new income-generation opportunities.

This paper identifies areas of cooperation that will help companies achieve their sustainability goals and support countries’ need to lower emissions from land use.
 
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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 ARK

(December 14, 2015) — Fayetteville, Ark., was one of the best cities in America to found a startup in 2015, according to a ranking released this month. Tech startup DataFox had the popular college town No. 3 on their list of 15 cities outside of New York City or Silicon Valley. Winrock International, through the Innovate Arkansas program, has hosted a mentorship-driven accelerator program, The ARK Challenge, three times for technology startups in Fayetteville.

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The Wallace Center at Winrock International was recently recognized for its efforts to make wholesale markets more accessible to producers of all sizes—opening new doors and creating fresh growth opportunities for America’s small and mid-sized farmers.

Woman raises her hand at a workshop.

Household cooking with solid fuels over open fires and in rudimentary cookstoves, in particular the air pollution it creates, are among the world’s most pressing problems – adversely affecting the environment as well as people’s health. Women can plan an important role in helping more households in developing countries adopt cleaner and more efficient fuels and cookstoves, both as consumers and cookstove entrepreneurs.

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 Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forest (USAID LEAF) program is working to strengthen the capacity of target countries to achieve meaningful and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from the forestry-land use sector.

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 Empowering Cocoa Households with Opportunities and Education Solutions (ECHOES) project offers cocoa producing families basic and vocational education with a focus on modern cocoa growing techniques.

This paper identifies areas of cooperation that will help companies achieve their sustainability goals and support countries’ need to lower emissions from land use.
 

A low emission development strategy is the foundation for climate-smart, transformative development. The USAID Clean Energy Investment (CEI) Project is working with Macedonian governments, businesses and others to prepare and implement LEDS. The project initiated a preliminary process of mapping national strategies with respect to LEDS, a significant step in the right direction which will serve as preparatory work and guidance for future undertakings of the Government of Macedonia with regards to sustainable-development planning.

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.

This presentation summarizes the numerous issues surrounding child labor and how Winrock is addressing those issues.

These program maps show the location of each program area with respect to the rest of the country, and provide general information about elevation, location of streams, rivers, roads, railways, reserves and parks, and political boundaries and centers. In addition, they show the status (completed and ongoing as of July 2013) of NUDEIL projects such as roads, water points, buildings and schools.

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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 ARK

(December 14, 2015) — Fayetteville, Ark., was one of the best cities in America to found a startup in 2015, according to a ranking released this month. Tech startup DataFox had the popular college town No. 3 on their list of 15 cities outside of New York City or Silicon Valley. Winrock International, through the Innovate Arkansas program, has hosted a mentorship-driven accelerator program, The ARK Challenge, three times for technology startups in Fayetteville.

Watermelons

The Wallace Center at Winrock International was recently recognized for its efforts to make wholesale markets more accessible to producers of all sizes—opening new doors and creating fresh growth opportunities for America’s small and mid-sized farmers.

Woman raises her hand at a workshop.

Household cooking with solid fuels over open fires and in rudimentary cookstoves, in particular the air pollution it creates, are among the world’s most pressing problems – adversely affecting the environment as well as people’s health. Women can plan an important role in helping more households in developing countries adopt cleaner and more efficient fuels and cookstoves, both as consumers and cookstove entrepreneurs.

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.