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July 2010

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Winrock International congratulates Jo Luck, president of Heifer International, for recently being named co-recipient of 2010 World Food Prize. She will be honored during an Oct. 14 ceremony and is being recognized for her efforts, through her work at Heifer, to put an end to hunger by ensuring the availability and sustainability of food throughout the world.


Winrock International’s American Carbon Registry (ACR) posted for public comment a first-of-a-kind carbon-offset methodology for the measurement and monitoring of emission reductions from changes in fertilizer management. The methodology,  developed by Winrock through a grant from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, accounts for direct and indirect emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O)—a greenhouse gas approximately 300 times as potent as carbon dioxide—and how these emissions may be reduced. Approved projects using the methodology and corresponding independently verified emissions reductions measured as carbon offsets can be registered on ACR.  The innovative new methodology, which will provide U.S. farmers the incentive to change practices, will be finalized this fall after public comment and scientific peer review.


Winrock International’s AIDS Impact Mitigation (AIM) project was featured in the July issue of Afemai Voice, a Nigerian publication. The article highlighted the work that AIM partner Teens and Youth Educational and Capacity Enhancement (TYECE) has done to implement the project in Edo State in Nigeria. AIM’s focus is on strengthening the capacity of Nigerian NGO’s to respond to HIV/AIDS across the country. To learn more about AIM, visit the project’s website.


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With Help of Winrock, Bangladeshi Farmers Reaching Untapped Potential in Prawn Market
Winrock and Katalyst are helping prawn farmers in Bangladesh.Featuring an annual export value of $445 million (USD), shrimp farming is the largest agro-export sector in Bangladesh. With processing plants using only 30 percent of their capacity and supplying only six percent of the world’s demand, the prawn market would seem to be primed for growth. However, Bangladeshi farmers face multiple obstacles, including an insufficient supply of prawn feed and hatchery-post-larvae (HPL), a lack of information and limited access to advanced technology and techniques.

With this in mind, Winrock International and Katalyst are implementing a program to help prawn farmers reach the untapped potential present in the world frozen food market. The program consists of a pilot business model, in which a few regional depot owners supplied farmers with quality HPL and feed while also serving as a source of knowledge and innovation.

In 2005, Moksed Ali and his three partners were selling prawn HPL to approximately 50 to 60 farmers and buying prawns from them for export. The following year, Winrock and Katalyst worked with Ali to train him and his supervisors in prawn farming – allowing him to serve as an invaluable resource to local farmers. In 2008, Ali partnered with a local hatchery in order to provide quality HPL. By 2009, Ali’s annual financial turnover has increased more than three-fold and the number of farmers coming to him had increased to around 400.

“Farmers getting information and quality input will eventually boost up my business as I will also be getting more prawn to send to the export market,” Ali said. “It’s a win-win situation for us.”

Improved Poultry Practices the Subject of Research Funded by Winrock's John D. Rockefeller 3RD Scholars Program
A bi-country team in Cambodia and Lao PDR researched Avian Influeza control and prevention measures.In order to increase poultry safety, Winrock’s John D. Rockefeller (JDR) 3RD Scholars Program funded a bi-country team in Cambodia and Lao PDR to research Avian Influenza (AI) control and prevention measures during from 2008 to 2010. The team led by Suon Seng of the Center for Development Oriented Research (CENTDOR), Phnom Penh, completed their one-year study in April on the factors that influence smallholder poultry producers to adopt improved bio-security practices. The team reviewed secondary data related to disease outbreaks, interviewed key stakeholders from Government and NGOs, and conducted community and household surveys of 700 small poultry producing households in Cambodia and 400 in Lao PDR.

While widely-distributed media messages influence behavior related to sanitation in the kitchen, the team found that increasing uptake of more capital-intensive practices, such as construction of fencing and use of veterinary inputs, requires more than public awareness campaigns. The team recommended that rural poultry farmers receive technical and financial assistance through extension and training programs to increase bio-security practices. They assert that this will not only increase poultry safety, but also productivity and incomes – one of the key motivating factors identified in the research.

“Technical support, financial support with low interest rate loans and marketing support to poultry producers should be considered,” said Seng. The team also recommends improved coordination among government, NGOs and donors to ensure uniform messaging that is consistent with central policies. The research team was recently selected to lead the implementation of an FAO-funded cross-border study on high-risk poultry trade beginning this summer.

Grants Will Allow Local Governments to Increase Energy Efficiency, Lower Costs
Arkansas Office of the Recovery and Reinvestment ActForty-one Arkansas cities and counties will be able to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. Winrock International is administering the grant program for the Arkansas Energy Office, a division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. A combined $6.2 million dollars in grants will be distributed.

“Our communities often see their resources stretched thin while trying to provide essential services to their citizens,” Governor Mike Beebe said. “These grants will help our local governments operate at lower costs through energy efficiency, a benefit that will continue long after these funds are spent.”

More than 80 percent of these American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds are being used for building retrofits projects, including energy efficient heating and cooling equipment, efficient lighting, and insulation. Other awarded projects include renewable energy projects such as the installation of solar hot water, geothermal and wind turbines.

       


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