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December 2013

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Happy Holidays from Winrock International!

Winrock is thrilled that the Room to Learn, Education for Youth in South Sudan project was approved for Microsoft’s YouthSpark initiative this year, meaning it was eligible for YouthSpark’s #GivingTuesday campaign, during which Microsoft provided matching funds. Winrock thanks everyone who supported us during the campaign – whether through donations or sharing the campaign with your network. We look forward to a continued Microsoft  #YouthSpark partnership in 2014.

The Wallace Center at Winrock International announced that registration is now open for the 2014 National Food Hub Conference to take place March 26-28 in Raleigh, N.C. This event will bring together food hub managers and their staff, technical assistance providers, public agency staff, community organizations, funders, and investors over two and a half days for engaging presentations, trainings, networking, tours, technical assistance and peer-learning opportunities. Read more.

The Wallace Center has recently launched a newly redesigned website. The website provides an easy-to-use, bird's-eye view of the breadth and depth of Wallace Center’s “Good Food” work, highlighting the vision and insights that connect work across projects.

The USAID-funded Lowering Emissions in Asia's Forests (LEAF) program has published new resources that constitute LEAF's Technical Guidance Series for the Development of a National or Subnational Forest Carbon Monitoring System for REDD+.  There are four specific guidance documents, each addressing a different issue: Activity Data for Deforestation; Emission Factors for Deforestation; Estimating Historical Emissions from Deforestation; and Forest Carbon Stratification Using National Forest Inventory Data. Visit the LEAF website to learn more.

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Winrock's Wallace Center Releases Healthy Urban Food Enterprise Innovation Report
Innovations in Local Food Enterprise Report CoverThe Wallace Center at Winrock International released a report this month that addresses one of the most complex issues facing food access and regional food system development allies today: how can consumer price and producer cost meet in ways that transition healthy, local food from a privilege to a right? Innovations in Local Food Enterprise: Fresh Ideas for a Just and Profitable Food System analyzes and aggregates a collection of innovative solutions to overcoming difficult food access and food equity issues with a focus on market-based, consumer-driven solutions for low-income underserved communities.
The report is based on learning from Wallace's Healthy Urban Food Enterprise Development (HUFED) Center, as well as the work of others who are creating and implementing market-based and non-market-based food access solutions in a very hands-on, practical way. Key findings include:
  • Food access solutions need to reach beyond physical access to healthy food (e.g., distance to store or food pantry) to address social, environmental, cultural and other factors.
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Winrock's Farmer-to-Farmer Director Shares Program Successes at USAID Seminar
DeAnn McGrew PhotoEarlier this month, Winrock’s Farmer-to-Farmer program director, DeAnn McGrew, participated in a Q&A session as part of a USAID Agrilinks Ag Sector Council Seminar. USAID’s John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer program has long been providing voluntary technical assistance to farmers and farm groups in developing countries to promote economic growth, food security, and sustainable improvements in food processing, production and marketing.

McGrew shared Winrock’s approach, accomplishments and lessons learned from combating Avian Influenza in East Africa through the Partnership for Safe Poultry in Kenya (PSPK) project. The USAID-funded project, implemented by Winrock from 2009-2011, promoted safe poultry production and marketing systems that incorporate freedom from highly pathogenic avian influenza and other poultry diseases, generating high levels of income for smallholder families.

A recorded version of the seminar, which also included presentations by representatives from CNFA and VEGA, is available online. You can also read more about PSPK’s successes on Winrock’s website.

New Winrock Project in Macedonia will Facilitate Investment in Renewable Energy
New Winrock Project in Macedonia will Facilitate Investment in Renewable EnergyOn Dec. 4, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the government of Macedonia officially launched the new Winrock-implemented Clean Energy Investment Project in Skopje, Macedonia. The project supports the Government of Macedonia's efforts to increase investment in energy generation from renewable sources while reducing overall energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.  The project will provide technical assistance to streamline the processes for investment in, and development of, renewable energy projects, and will establish procedures for low-emissions development planning.

“We expect this improved legal and regulatory environment to result in increased investment in renewable energy generation facilities and larger utilization of Macedonia’s renewable energy potential such as solar, wind, small hydro, and biomass,” said Paul Wohlers, U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia, in his opening remarks.

Also speaking at the event was the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Mr. Vladimir Pesevski and the Minister of Economy, Mr. Valon Saracini. Project Chief of Party, Samir Latif spoke on behalf of Winrock International and presented the project goals and activities over the three-year period of project implementation. More than 160 participants attended the event, including stakeholders who will work closely with Winrock: the Ministry of Economy Energy Department, the Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Energy Regulatory Commission, the Energy Agency, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Macedonian Academy of Science and Arts, the State Statistical Office, the Macedonian Chamber of Commerce and leading renewable energy companies.

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