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May 2012

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Winrock International works with many dedicated volunteers. In fact, this past year, 73 Winrock volunteers received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for their time and outstanding service as volunteers. Read more about it and see a few photos of volunteers in action on Winrock’s volunteer blog.


In partnership with CATIE and the Ford Foundation, John Fisk and Michelle Frain Muldoon of The Wallace Center at Winrock International co-authored a peer-reviewed journal article that was recently published in Enterprise Development and Microfinance. The article promotes an assets-based approach to value-chain development for rural poverty alleviation, which considers not just financial capital but other forms of capital, such as environmental and human capital. An assets-based approach gets to the root of the problem and not just its symptoms, and can yield impacts that are more productive, appropriate, substantial and sustainable in the longer term. View the abstract here.
 


Read about how the Winrock-implemented AMORE project played a part in bringing a potable water supply to a sea-surrounded Quezon village in the Philippines.
 


For the 10th annual Governor’s Work-Life Balance Awards, more than a dozen Arkansas employers were recognized for adopting exemplary strategies that support a healthy work-life balance. Winrock International was among the recipients of the award in the Medium Nonprofit Category.
 


On June 21, as part of the Grass-Based Animal Ag Series, the Wallace Center’s National Good Food Network will present the webinar “Grass-Based Beef: The Business Case.” This webinar will make the business case for pasture raised beef, present a case study of a highly successful operation and point participants to various resources. Sign up today for this webinar.
 


Are you interested in working at Winrock? Search current openings and post your resume. Would you like to volunteer with Winrock? Learn more about new opportunities for volunteers.
 


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Winrock board welcomes Campbell as new Chair, thanks Browne for service
Winrock Board Welcomes Campbell as New Chair, Thanks Browne for ServiceAt its May 7 meeting, the Winrock International Board elected Elizabeth “Betsy” Campbell as its new chair. Campbell is currently Vice President for Programs at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in New York, a private foundation supporting work in the fields of sustainable development, democratic practice and peace building. She has served on the Winrock Board since 2006 and as board Vice Chair since May 2009.

Prior to joining the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Campbell spent more than 20 years working in international development with donor and non-governmental organizations. She began her career at Save the Children working with small enterprise and credit programs in Latin America and Africa. She served for a combined 12 years at the Ford Foundation as a program officer in the Rural Poverty and Resource program, as director of its Community and Resource Development unit, and as deputy to the vice president for Asset Building and Community Development. She then lived and worked in La Paz, Bolivia, where she provided consulting services to emerging foundations working in the environment and economic development fields. Betsy also currently serves on the boards of the European Foundation Centre and the Center for Rural Strategies.

At the meeting, the board and staff also expressed deep appreciation to Brooks Browne, former president of Environmental Enterprises Assistance Fund, who stepped down as Winrock’s chair following six years of outstanding contributions and leadership. Browne shepherded the organization through a period of unprecedented growth at a time of rapid and dramatic changes in global development. Browne will complete his 10-year board term at the May 2013 meeting.

Modern beekeeping training results in immediate improvements, increased incomes
Modern beekeeping training results in immediate improvements and increased incomes.Tekabe Tilahun is one of thousands of smallholder farmers throughout Ethiopia who raise bees and sell honey to feed their families. Although he works hard to provide for himself, his wife and two children, he has struggled to make improvements that could increase productivity and his income. Tekabe’s story is similar to many beekeepers throughout Ethiopia, most of whom still use traditional methods, which yield less and poorer quality honey than honey produced using more modern technology.

Winrock International’s USAID-funded John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer Program is providing information and training to help Ethiopian beekeepers make important changes. Volunteer Doug Johnson provided training to Tekabe and other members of the East Shoa Beekeepers Association (ESBA), a beekeepers’ cooperative of 480 active members. Winrock worked with ESBA to select 80 (46 male and 34 female) active members motivated to adopt improvements and share information with others. Training topics included honeybee biology, disease and pest control, production challenges and solutions, and honey quality.

“This training made me more skillful and knowledgeable about improved beekeeping techniques and lifted my courage to do it better and bigger scale,” said Tekabe, who owned 12 hives before the training. “When I heard that the volunteer himself has 800 colonies, in no time I decided to increase the number of my hives/colonies by 15.” Tekabe now expects to more than double his honey harvest and increase his sales from $550-$700 to $1,200-$2,000. With two harvests per year, “this income will put me in a much better position to cover my food, other household expenses and send my children to school,” he said, adding that he plans to continue the growth.

Other Cooperative members are incorporating lessons learned from Johnson and will now serve as early adopters and trainers for other Cooperative members and neighboring farmers — ensuring an even greater spread effect from this assignment.

Winrock gathers RIL experts to discuss challenges, opportunities, strategies
Winrock gathers Reduced Impact Logging experts to discuss challenges, opportunities and strategies.A discussion on reducing the environmental degradation caused by destructive and wasteful forms of logging was the focus of a workshop hosted by Winrock International’s USAID-funded Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF) program and the Food and Agriculture Organization. Experts in Reduced Impact Logging (RIL), forest carbon and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) gathered in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysian Borneo earlier in May.

Led by Winrock’s internationally recognized climate scientists, Drs. Sandra Brown and David Ganz, participants discussed key messages that will guide three outputs to encourage increased application of RIL as a key mechanism for improving forest management and reducing carbon emissions under REDD+: First, a series of RIL publications targeting policymakers, forest managers and the general public; second, a report on opportunities and strategies for RIL implementation; and third, an action plan detailing RIL promotion strategies for international and national bodies, negotiators and the media. RIL is implemented through codes of practice and guidelines that include forest management plans, road construction, tree felling, log extraction and reforestation. REDD+, a developing global mechanism to provide payments for improved forest and ecosystem management and voluntary market arrangements, has the potential to greatly increase implementation of RIL practices.

The workshop featured 23 experts, including representatives from Indonesian, Papua New Guinean and Malaysian forestry departments, USAID, UN-REDD, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), GIZ/SPC, Malaysian Timber Certification Council, Rainforest Alliance, Tropical Forest Association, and several universities and other organizations. LEAF is a five-year program engaging regional governments, forestry and climate mitigation specialists and universities in technical capacity building focused on REDD+. The program also focuses on policy and market incentives for improved forest management and land-use planning, develops innovative pilot interventions, and strengthens regional mechanisms for sharing lessons learned and scaling up innovation.
       


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