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April 2014

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On March 26, Winrock’s American Carbon Registry (ACR) hosted its annual awards event to recognize and thank its members and partners. ACR Director John Kadyszewski shared highlights from the year and presented the awards to recognize outstanding environmental achievements — including the individual Climate Leadership award — as well as corporate awards based on ACR’s guiding principles of innovation, quality and excellence. For more information on all of the ACR awards, read the full announcement online.

On May 7, GlobalGiving is offering a Bonus Day for projects on the site. A match of 30 percent for donations will be given when the gift is made through the GlobalGiving website. If you are interested in supporting any of Winrock’s projects on GlobalGiving, you can learn more about them here.

Last month, as Winrock staff wrapped up 10 1/2 years of Farmer-to-Farmer activities in El Salvador, the Winrock Volunteers blog looked back at some of the achievements of the past decade plus. Read more in the blog post.

In April, Rodney Ferguson, Winrock’s president and CEO, wrote a letter to the New York Times in response to an article detailing the dire future that Bangladesh is facing in the wake of climate change. Ferguson — having just returned from a visit to the country — wrote that he sees the possibility of a better outcome. But, more is needed from the international community.

Did you miss The Wallace Center’s free National Good Food Network webinar for April? If so, you can watch the archive here: Net Value: An Innovative Approach to the Seafood Supply Chain. In this webinar hear the history and context of the fish trading business, and how the Open Ocean Trading marketplace works. Learn how an innovative online marketplace, called FYSH-X, allows buyers and sellers to trade commercially harvested and farmed seafood products in forward time.

On April 10, Winrock International’s redesigned website was recognized with a Bronze Quill for Excellence award from the Arkansas chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). Bronze Quill entries are judged by chapter members through the United States and must receive an average score of 5.75 and above (on a 7-point scale) to receive an Award of Excellence. IABC is a global network of communication professionals in more than 70 countries. Winrock launched the redesigned website in August.

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.

Carol Ann Smith named Winrock's new Vice President of Operations
Carol Ann Smith named Winrock’s new Vice President of OperationsOn March 31, Winrock International announced that Carol Ann Smith will become the organization’s new Vice President of Operations, succeeding Ron Hubbard, who retired after 28 years with Winrock.
 
Most recently, Smith was the Senior Director for Grants, Contracts and Supply Chain Services at Population Services International (PSI), where she was responsible for the award compliance, cost and pricing, and procurement and logistics functions for the global health organization, which addresses the health problems of low-income and vulnerable populations in more than 65 developing countries. At Winrock, Smith will be responsible for the organization’s contracts, cost and pricing, procurement, human resources, security and group operations for program finance support.
 
“Winrock is excited to welcome Carol Ann Smith to Winrock to lead our global operations. Her expertise and best practice experience will help us achieve our goal of integrated, strategic and cost effective operations to accelerate great program results,” said Winrock President and CEO Rodney Ferguson.
 
“I am delighted for the opportunity to lead a strong operations team in support of Winrock’s diverse international development portfolio,” Smith said. “I know we can continue to bring the best service, results and ROI to funders and donors, building new tools to scale operations and increase efficiency for Winrock’s future growth. I have admired the work of Winrock and the impact of programs on people’s lives and hope in some small way I can contribute to the organization’s continued success in the changing development landscape.” Read more.

Winrock experts develop new method for quantifying carbon emissions
Winrock experts develop new method for quantifying carbon emissions.Researchers at Winrock International have developed a first-of-its-kind method for estimating carbon emissions from forest degradation caused by selective logging in tropical regions. Refined over a period of 15 years and tested in six countries, the approach is highlighted in an article authored by Winrock’s Ecosystems Services experts, Timothy Pearson, Sandra Brown and Felipe Casarim — published April 1 in Environmental Research Letters.

Until now, efforts for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) in developing countries have focused on deforestation, which has proven, robust methods for estimating associated carbon emissions. In contrast, there are no well-established methods for estimating carbon emissions associated with forest degradation. The new method developed by the Winrock team measures logging-associated emissions from all sources: the extracted timber, the incidental damage to the surrounding forest, and the logging infrastructure such as roads, skid trails and log decks. The estimate of the total emissions hinges on the simple, readily available statistic of extracted volume. Read more.

Winrock's Wallace Center hosts national food hub conference
Winrock’s Wallace Center Hosts National Food Hub ConferenceThe Wallace Center at Winrock International hosted the second National Good Food Network (NGFN) Food Hub Collaboration Conference last month, and the sold-out conference in Raleigh, N.C., brought together more than 400 farmers, food hub practitioners, nonprofit representatives and local food supporters from all over the country.

Through workshops, in-depth training sessions and site tours, attendees were exposed to a broad spectrum of industry-leading tools and techniques. Participants had the opportunity to network with food system innovators, safety regulators and each other — sharing their hard-earned successes, relating to common frustrations and working collaboratively to develop solutions for food hubs.

“We are humbled by the energy and willingness of over 400 people from 48 states to earnestly share their knowledge and grapple with the challenges involved in developing regional food systems that offer opportunities for farmers, support regional economics, increase access to healthy food and address environmental issues in agriculture,” said Wallace Center Director John Fisk.

Attendees came together in Raleigh, N.C., on March 25-28, to enjoy locally sourced meals provided by 13 North Carolina farms and food hubs and to learn from keynote speakers including: Dr. Jill Long Thompson, chair of the board and CEO of the Farm Credit Administration; Doug O’Brien, USDA deputy under-secretary for rural development; and Michael Taylor, FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine. Plenary sessions also featured moderated panels with food system experts, consultants and business owners contributing their own personal experiences and advice.

To learn more about the National Good Food Network and food system innovations across the country, tune into one of the monthly NGFN webinars. If you would like to help support the interactive webinars, consider making a donation on GlobalGiving’s website during the next Bonus Match Day on May 7, when gifts will be matched at 30 percent until funds run out.
       


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