The Green-e Governance Board recently accepted Winrock’s American Carbon Registry (ACR) as a Green-e Climate Endorsed Program
. Individuals and organizations will now be able to choose Green-e Climate certified offset products issued by ACR
The Winrock-implemented Supporting Forestry and Biodiversity (SFB) project, funded by USAID, helped the Cambodian Ministry of Environment celebrate World Environment Day on June 5 at Kampong Thom Province, Cambodia, to raise public awareness about the importance of protecting the environment. See photos from the celebration here.
Winrock's Carol Michaels O'Laughlin participated this month as a featured expert during Agrilinks’ #AskAg Twitter chat on the topic of “Youth Employment in Agriculture.” O’Laughlin joined with experts from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USAID Education and Making Cents International, to answer questions and chat with interested Twitter followers. You can find a recap of the Twitter chat here.
Winrock volunteers Mike Frinsko and John Woiwode shared photos from their trip to Myanmar, where they worked with shrimp hatcheries and fish processing plants as part of the USAID-funded John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer program. Another Winrock volunteer, Dan Miller, wrote a blog post about his trip to Mali, where he updated the faculty of an agriculture school in Sikasso on the topic of small ruminant nutrition.
The Wallace Center’s National Good Food Network hosted a free webinar on June 20 featuring Elizabeth Ü, author of the book Raising Dough, an encyclopedic treatment of different options food businesses have for acquiring capital. The author led an interactive session on how to choose the right financial instruments for a food business. If you missed this presentation, you can access the webinar archives here.
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Decision Support Tool Provides Guidance for Countries to Design and Establish National-Level REDD+ Accounting Frameworks
Under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) monitoring, accounting and incentive allocation will ultimately operate at the national level. With this in mind, the Winrock-implemented Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF) program, funded by USAID, has released a decision support tool to help countries design and establish national-level REDD+ accounting frameworks.
The tool provides overall guidance on establishing national-level REDD+ accounting frameworks within which projects or subnational approaches are integrated. It complements information provided in the LEAF Technical Guidance on Development of a REDD+ Reference Level (Walker et al. 2012) and the Winrock/World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Decision Support Tool for Developing Reference Levels for REDD+ (Harris et al. 2012) to form a package aimed at guiding countries through the REDD+ readiness process.
The tool guides users through the following key questions: 1) How will the national REDD+ accounting framework be structured?; 2) What decisions need to be made to integrate subnational and project level activities into a national level REDD+ accounting framework?; 3) How and at what levels should incentives be distributed?; and, 4) What procedural decisions need to be made and by whom?
The decision support tool is available here.
Winrock’s Wallace Center Increasing Farmer Success in Local Food Markets in Deep South
The Increasing Farmer Success in the Deep South project is building historically disadvantaged and limited resource farmers’ capacity to meet the burgeoning demand for local, healthy, sustainably farmed produce in the South, with a special focus on Mississippi and Alabama.
With support from the Walmart Foundation, the Wallace Center at Winrock International is working directly with farmers, farmer groups and intermediary organizations to address the barriers they face in meeting demand from institutional and wholesale buyers. The project is facilitating local market linkages with a variety of retail and institutional buyers and building farmer capacity through technical assistance, group training, and investments into supply chain infrastructure and activities. A total of 247,300 pounds of produce for a value of $336,800 has been sold by New North Florida Cooperative, Food Bank of North Alabama and Deep South Food Alliance since the beginning of the project.
The New North Florida Cooperative (NNFC) did more than expand access to fresh healthy food for the 24,000 vulnerable children in Holmes County, Mississippi. They also saw the opportunity to support local farmers while providing children in six rural and urban districts across three states with farm fresh food, and built the infrastructure to serve them. From September 2012 to March 2013, NNFC opened up the farm-to-school market in these school districts, starting with the development of a crucial food hub in Holmes County, the poorest county in the state. They have now served 243,115 students in 274 schools in Holmes County, Vicksburg and Warren School Districts (MS), Hattiesburg School District (MS), West Memphis and Forrest City (AR), and Memphis City Schools (TN). The result: for the first time, students in these districts have access to fresh local produce like squash, turnips, greens and sweet potatoes in school lunches. Through the Increasing Farmer Success project efforts, New North Florida Cooperative has sold a total of 94,000 pounds of produce to schools.
NNFC’s story is only one example of how organizations in the Deep South are impacting local food systems. Read other compelling success stories from the Increasing Farmer Success project.
Tissue Culture Laboratory at BUITEMS Upgraded to Improve Capacity in Balochistan
The Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS) opened its new Tissue Culture Laboratory facility this month, as part of an effort to improve production of disease-free planting materials for high-value horticulture crops and enhance the capacity of local farmers in Balochistan.
To meet this objective, the Winrock-implemented Pakistan Agriculture and Cold Chain Development Project (PACCD), funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), helped upgrade the tissue culture lab, the greenhouse and the plastic tunnel at BUITEMS, which will help in propagating, developing and producing large numbers of disease-free fruit plants, including bananas, date palms, apples, cherries and grapes. These plants will then be made available to approximately 1,000 farmers and nurseries on a large scale at low cost.
PACCD will also help train people in the field of plant biotechnology, to increase the likelihood of acquiring jobs in the public and private sectors and also to generate greater self-employment. Moreover, PACCD’s support has also improved BUITEMS’ capacity to disseminate tissue culture techniques through educational and marketing/advertising program to students, farmers and small businesses interested in establishing propagation companies.
The ceremony was attended by professors, researchers and students of the Life Sciences department of the university, and the participants were given a formal tour of the new facility afterwards.