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September 2015

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Congratulations to the U.S. Department of Labor on an impressive report detailing the worst forms of child labor last year. Deputy Secretary Chris Lu announced the report today, along with a new mobile application, Sweat & Toil.

It was a once-in-a-generation moment when world leaders gathered at the United Nations in New York this month to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, a new, universal set of priorities to end extreme poverty and tackle climate change by 2030.

Winrock's Bikash Pandey blogged about Cuba's tasty transformation: los paladares. Pandey was in Cuba recently as part of Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson's trade mission to the Caribbean country.

September was Arkansas Volunteer Month. Thanks not only to our Winrock staff at headquarters who sorted and boxed food at the Arkansas a Food Bank, but also to our Farmer-to-Farmer team in in Myanmar, who delivered food to those affected by recent flooding there.

Also, a big shout out to Winrock's volunteer of the month for September: Dr. Joe Sullivan. He has volunteered several times with Winrock’s USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer program, completing two assignments this year alone. Read more in our Winrock Volunteers blog.

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Winrock International applauds China on cap-and-trade leadership
Designing carbon offset rules for the Panda Standard in ChinaWinrock International applauds President Xi Jinping on China’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through market-driven mechanisms and financing to support poorer countries. Winrock has a long history of creating integrated solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental, agricultural and economic problems, and a unique history of collaborative efforts across China and Asia. These developments not only validate Winrock’s vision but add urgency to its integrated, solutions-based approaches toward increasing prosperity in a sustainable world.

"China's commitment to a comprehensive cap-and-trade system is an extraordinary moment in the fight to reduce global carbon emissions, and helps further develop the market for carbon trading and reduction everywhere,” said Winrock President and CEO Rodney Ferguson. “Equally significant is China’s $3.1 billion commitment to help provide financing to poor countries in their efforts to prepare for climate change.” Read more.

Kicking illiteracy out of South Sudan
A boy reads at a microphone.The boy stood at the microphone reading the story of two kids and a lost ball. Confidence amplified his words as he loudly and clearly annunciated every word.
Relishing the moment—with an audience captivated by the performance—Samuel Pitia David seemed energized by the buzzing crowd as they laughed at the humor in the story and the earnest way he emphasized each element.
Was the ball behind the tree? No! Was the ball behind the school? No!
It’s a scene that plays out in similar fashion over and over again around the world. But in South Sudan, where only 27 percent of people 15 and over are literate, it’s a rare sight, indeed. The numbers are even more staggering for girls (that figure drops to 16 percent). Read more.

Winrock names Joyjit Deb Roy senior vice president of programs
Joyjit Deb Roy portraitWinrock International announced this week that Joyjit Deb Roy has been named the organization’s new Senior Vice President of Programs. Deb Roy will lead program implementation for the organization, which is responsible for more than 200 development projects in 50 countries across the globe.

“Winrock is delighted to welcome a visionary leader like Joyjit,” said Rodney Ferguson, Winrock president and CEO. “He brings the knowledge, leadership and enthusiam necessary to lead Winrock’s diverse development portfolio into a new era of global development.” Read more.

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