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August 2013

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President Barack Obama welcomed Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang to the White House in July, where the leaders affirmed their commitment to “build a forward-looking relationship between the two countries.” During their meeting, two Winrock-implemented climate change programs, the Vietnam Forests and Deltas program and the Vietnam Clean Energy Program, where highlighted as important climate change initiatives. Read the joint statement by the two leaders.

Winrock's American Carbon Registry (ACR) and Marten Law held a one-day symposium last month in Sacramento on California's cap-and-trade program. The symposium, California's Cap-and-Trade: Strategies for Effective Market Participation, provided more than 200 participants with information on generating, acquiring and trading California-compliance instruments. Visit the ACR symposium event page to download presentations and watch videos of workshop sessions.

The Wallace Center at Winrock International last month announced the release of a report, “Roadmap for City Food Sector Innovation and Investment,” which demonstrates how cities can develop sound local food investment strategies and select the best investment opportunities. Also included at the link above are an investment tool, a webinar about the report and other resources.

On Sept. 19, The Wallace Center’s National Good Food Network will host a free webinar, “State of the Food Hub — National Survey Results.” Michigan State University, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service and the Wallace Center surveyed more than 100 food hubs in the U.S. to understand their businesses, their impacts, their challenges and their innovations. Register for the webinar.

The American Carbon Registry, an approved California Offset Project Registry, has issued the first Registry Offset Credits (ROCs) of the California compliance offset program. ROCs are eligible to be transitioned to Air Resource Board compliance Offset Credits, which can be used by California entities to help meet their emissions reductions obligations in the cap-and-trade program. Read more.

Grant funding from the Great Lakes Protection Fund (GLPF) will support a multi-disciplinary partnership to reduce harmful runoff from agricultural lands in the Milwaukee River Watershed. A team led by nonprofits Winrock International, Delta Institute and Sand County Foundation will direct the effort, it was announced Aug. 5. Read more.

The Winrock-implemented New Applied Technology Efficiency and Lighting Initiative (NATELI) is developing small-scale renewable energy installations in Georgia to provide clean and affordable energy to off-grid rural villages. In July, the project celebrated the installation of an energy efficient heat pump which will provide Shatili boarding school with hot water and heating. The installation was part of four new NATELI initiatives.

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Winrock Launches Redesigned Website
Winrock's website: www.winrock.orgWinrock International recently launched a newly redesigned website that will better tell the story of Winrock’s work in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. The new design hones the focus on Winrock’s global work and the expertise of the many innovators who make up our staff all over the world. The redesigned website conveys the diversity of Winrock’s capabilities through people, projects and success stories. There is a centralized, searchable tools-and-publications library and a place for Winrock news.

The new website design was the result of surveys, interviews and research aimed at uncovering the strengths and weaknesses of Winrock’s previous web presence. Stakeholders — including staff, funders, volunteers and partners — were interviewed and surveyed in order to understand key audience needs and how to best serve those needs, along with the goals of the organization.

“This is a huge step up for Winrock’s online presence,” said Rodney Ferguson, president and CEO. “This redesign provides us with a website that is clearer and more adaptable, and will offer our partners, funders and clients an improved, more-focused user experience.”

Visit Winrock’s new website and let us know what you think.

Winrock-Implemented Project Will Improve Agriculture Productivity, Nutrition in Nepal
KISAN will improve agriculture productivity and nutrition in Nepal.At a launch event last month, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the government of Nepal officially kicked off the Winrock-implemented Knowledge-based Integrated Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition (KISAN) project. Nepal was selected as a Feed the Future focus country because of the country’s high levels of food insecurity and malnutrition. For example, two out of three people will suffer food insecurity at some point during the year and more than 40 percent of children suffer from stunting.

Representatives of the government of Nepal’s Ministry of Agriculture Development and the Ministry of Health and Population attended the launch and signed a partnership agreement symbolizing the unified commitment of the two governments to fighting food insecurity and malnutrition. Winrock International and USAID will collaborate with five Nepali organizations to implement this project over the next five years.

U.S. Ambassador Peter Bodde said at the event, “Instead of simply delivering food aid, [this initiative places] Nepal and other countries in the lead to promote inclusive agricultural growth and improve the nutrition of women and children.” KISAN will be closely aligned with the Agriculture and Food Security Project, funded by the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program and supervised by the World Bank.

The KISAN project will improve food security, increase income and diversify diets for 160,000 disadvantaged rural households (about one million Nepalis) across 20 districts in the western regions of Nepal. KISAN will reach these goals through integrated agriculture and nutrition activities, and by achieving inclusive growth in the agriculture sector, increasing the income of smallholder farm families, and improving nutritional status, particularly among women and children. Winrock will implement two components for this project. The first component incorporates improved agricultural productivity, while the second is comprised of improved nutrition and hygiene education, as well as service delivery.

Nigeria Farmer-to-Farmer Program Organizes the First Honey Stakeholders’ Forum
Nigeria Farmer-to-Farmer program organizes the first honey stakeholders' forum.In June, the USAID-funded Nigeria Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program, implemented by Winrock International and ACDI/VOCA, hosted the first-ever honey stakeholders forum: “Healthy Bees, Healthy Environment, Healthy Humans: Creating a Buzz for Beekeeping!” The event united 87 individuals — including beekeepers, farmers, government agents, and private sector representatives — to increase awareness, strengthen collaboration and promote growth in this important sector.

Beekeeping is an important livelihood activity for tens of thousands of Nigerian families. Nevertheless, a lack of public awareness, and practices like bush burning and vandalism have prevented the apiculture sector from reaching its full potential. Winrock and F2F have provided support to beekeepers and honey processors over the last five years, fielding 25 volunteers to provide training and technical assistance to promote growth and improved quality within this sector.

The forum was born out of lessons learned from F2F. In preparation for the event, Winrock sent a volunteer environmentalist, Dr. Michael Doyle, to conduct a study on the impact on beekeeping in Nigeria of bush burning, pastoralism, theft and vandalism. His findings were presented at the forum, and the event highlight was a resolution to form a steering committee to develop a Beekeepers Bill of Rights, which would advocate for laws to support apiculture in Nigeria. The event also featured an exhibition of honey and hive products produced by 15 beekeeping groups supported by F2F, an important opportunity for these groups to showcase their success and share how F2F has impacted their businesses. “We received three volunteers who taught us how to produce honey,” said one participant. “Our honey business has [now] improved our income so much that we can now afford to pay for our children’s education.”

Another participant added, “What is good for bees and beekeepers is essential for Nigeria’s agriculture and rural development. If we take care of bees, they will take care of all of us."

Lowering Emissions in Asia's Forest (LEAF) Program Provides Training and Support
LEAF provides trainingIn June, Biosphere Reserve Managers from across Thailand attended a training hosted by the Winrock-implemented Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF) program, where the managers agreed upon a participatory process to draft management plans for all four biosphere reserves in Thailand. Also, LEAF provided policy guidance last month to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ministers responsible for forestry at ASEAN’s 14th Seminar on Current International Issues Affecting Forestry and Forestry Products. LEAF’s support covered regional cooperation on climate change, especially REDD+ and Improved Forest Management (IFM). The USAID-funded LEAF program is working to strengthen the capacity of target countries to achieve meaningful and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from the forestry-land use sector.

       


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