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February 2010

Winrock's "A 21st Century Framework for Food Security in Africa" forum, held February 17 in Nairobi, Kenya, has made a positive impact. Follow these links for coverage from Daily Nation and All Africa.


 
The American Carbon RegistryTM has released version 2.0 of the ACR Standard, detailing ACR’s requirements to ensure the high quality and low risk of all project-based offsets destined for registration on ACR, whether for voluntary or pre-compliance purposes. The public comment period for the ACR Standard 2.0 ended February 21. ACR also expects to post two sector-specific standards—version 2.0 of its Forest Carbon Project Standard, and a new Landfill Gas Combustion Project Standard—before the end of February. Additional sector standards and methodologies will follow. All standards and methodologies will be posted for public comment here.


 
The Arkansas Energy Sector Partnership was awarded a $4.9 million grant to create an integrated, statewide workforce-development system to prepare workers for green jobs. Funded by a U.S. Department of Labor State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grant, the partnership will implement workforce-sector strategies that target energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. Winrock’s role is to work with nonprofit organizations to identify and recruit disadvantaged citizens into programs that provide employable skills for jobs in energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.


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Tanzania Conference Identifies Best Practices, Sustainability Strategies
The U.S. Department of Labor-funded Tanzanian Education Alternatives for Children (TEACH) welcomed more than 70 participants to the “Child Labor Prevention through Education: Forging the Path to Sustainability” conference in February. The guest of honor, Minister of Labor, Employment and Youth Development Athumani Juma Kapuya, was joined by two former child laborers who had benefited from TEACH assistance. He challenged delegates to identify key resolutions in critical areas for sustainability to be presented to the Ministry for action.

TEACH’s best practices were presented by the project’s five district executive directors. They include improved teaching and learning environments to encourage parents and child laborers to return to education; mainstream interventions to existing government programs; school feeding programs to improve attendance; local government support and contributions by shared identification of staff and volunteer community activists; and community engagement and resource mobilization by conducting community asset appraisals.

Participants received a Sustainability Toolkit that included training manuals for a community activists program, community asset appraisals, child labor monitoring, and new national policies related to child labor. After two days, conference resolutions and recommendations critical for sustaining TEACH’s impact were formalized and agreed upon by participants and presented to the Tanzania Ministry.

Helping Nepalese Coffee Producers Reach Their Potential
In 1998, the members of the Nepal Coffee Producers Association Nepalese women sort coffee beans(NCPA), along with hundreds of other coffee producers, were struggling to make a living growing and selling coffee in Nepal. Most of the product was sold locally at poor prices, with farmers earning only about half of the world-market price. Yet, strong demand existed from tourists and the international market.

Seeing this potential, Winrock International and the USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer (FTF) Program sent volunteer coffee experts to Nepal to provide assistance to NCPA. These efforts were successful in improving quality and increasing productivity by 15 to 20 percent. These initial volunteer assignments developed into a long-term, comprehensive program to assist Nepal’s coffee growers and processors. Continue reading about Winrock’s impact in Nepal here

Over 4,000 Cambodian Children Withdrawn and Prevented from the Worst Forms of Child Labor
Seventy local and national stakeholders attended a Winrock International workshop to discuss the mid-term evaluation of the Children’s Empowerment through Education Services (CHES) project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. This four-year project has been implemented in four provinces—Kampong Cham, Prey Veng, Pursat, and Siem Reap—in close collaboration with the Cambodian government.

Secretary of State of the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training H.E. Prak Chantha, noted that “elimination of child labor is one of the important affairs of the Cambodian government to develop the country, especially in human resources and social economy. The National Plan of Action of the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training plans to eliminate the worst forms of child labor to 8 percent by 2015.”

Guests of honor from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, the United States Embassy, and representatives of the parents, community, and children also heard from Kosal Chea, the CHES project director. “Since the project started in September 2007, CHES has withdrawn and prevented 4,086 children—2,247 of whom were girls—which is about 50 percent of the total number of target beneficiary children from the worst forms of child labor and hazardous child labor in agriculture through providing educational services and vocational skill training with support from the U.S. Department of Labor.” 

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