Winrock’s 2011 Global Projects & Financial Statement is now available online
. This annual report provides a financial account of the organization as well as a summary of Winrock’s projects and their global impact.
U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia William E. Todd recently blogged about an MTV Exit Roadshow concert staged to raise awareness of human trafficking in Cambodia. Winrock International worked with MTV Exit as a partner on a national communications campaign to involve young people in Cambodia to fight human trafficking and exploitation.
Winrock announced the publication of the American Carbon Registry (ACR) Nested REDD+ Standard for public comment and stakeholder feedback. The Standard provides registration requirements for project-level REDD+ activities nested within a jurisdictional accounting framework including technical criteria as well as social and environmental safeguard requirements. The ACR Nested REDD+ Standard was developed by Winrock, led by Dr. Sandra Brown and co-led by Dr. Nancy Harris and Nick Martin, with assistance from a jurisdictional REDD+ Technical Advisory Team. Join in a free webinar for an overview of the requirements and to provide feedback.
Winrock volunteer Ann Hazelrigg recently spoke on the University of Vermont Extension television program, Across the Fence, about volunteering with Winrock and Integrated Pest Management techniques in Nepal.
Learn how joining or fostering a food system network can improve your regional food economy and the strength of each component of the system. On Sept. 20, The Wallace Center’s National Good Food Network will present a webinar, “Food Systems Networks That Work,” featuring conveners of food systems networks at the local, state, regional and national level. Sign up for the webinar today.
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Winrock-implemented PROSPER commemorates World Day Against Child Labor
On June 12, the World Day Against Child Labor was celebrated all around the world. For the first time, the Winrock-implemented Promoting Sustainable Practices to Eradicate Child Labour in Tobacco (PROSPER) program celebrated this important occasion with a commemorative event in the village of Mole in Sikonge District, Tanzania.
The event highlighted the need for communities to take the lead in addressing child labor and raising awareness on the issue. Approximately 3,000 people gathered for the event, which included entertainment and awareness messages prepared by children, mothers, youth, and leaders. The occasion attracted people from all walks of life including community members, leaders, children, students, women, politicians, and faith leaders. In Sikonge, local villagers participated actively with traditional dances and songs. Theater performances, poems, and speeches were also presented during the event, each conveying a message about child labor and its impact on children and society and reinforcing the need for everyone to join in the fight against it.
The guest of honor, the Acting Regional Administrative Secretary, Dr. Phillips Mtiba, pointed out the intention of his office to be firm in fighting child labor in the Tabora Region by directing all districts to enact by-laws for addressing child labor in all economic sectors.
PROSPER is a four-and-a-half-year program designed to complement efforts by the government, employers, workers, and civil-society organizations in fighting child labor in the tobacco-growing sector in Tanzania. The program is funded by the Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco Growing [ECLT] Foundation and is implemented in the Urambo and Sikonge Districts in Tabora Region, Tanzania, by Winrock International in collaboration with the Tanzania Association of Women Leaders in Agriculture and the Environment, the Tabora Development Fund Trust, and the Government of Tanzania.
Winrock’s LEAF featured in USAID’s Students with Solutions 2012 mobile application contest
On June 25, Winrock International’s USAID-funded Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF) Program participated in USAID’s launch of its first mobile technology application design contest, Students with Solutions 2012. The event, at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), included approximately 150 university students who crowded into the Jamras Chayapong Theater to hear remarks from Kristie A. Kenney, U.S. ambassador to Thailand; Frank Young, USAID Asia acting mission director; and Sakarindr Bhumiratana, associate professor and KMUTT president.
“Thailand is blessed with extraordinary forests, as is all of Asia,” Kenney said. “Saving the forests for the future is an incredible opportunity. The Students with Solutions 2012 mobile application contest provides an outlet for Thailand’s talented university students to apply their creativity and compassion to developing innovative, mobile technology solutions to development challenges.”
Following remarks, students talked with LEAF’s Dr. David Ganz to get inspiration on creating a mobile app addressing deforestation and forest degradation in Thailand and the region. The contest will culminate in October with teams presenting a functioning prototype of their mobile application to a panel of judges. The winning team will receive a cash award, along with tablet computers.
LEAF is a five-year program, engaging regional governments, forestry and climate mitigation specialists and universities in technical capacity building focused on REDD+. It also focuses on policy and market incentives for improved forest management and land-use planning, develops innovative sub-national interventions, and strengthens regional mechanisms for sharing lessons learned and scaling up innovation. To learn more about LEAF, visit them on Facebook and Twitter.
Agricultural Technology Assessment and Speaker Series addresses challenges
Winrock International is helping achieve the goals of the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership by facilitating high-level discussions on agriculture and food security. In July, Winrock brought together key stakeholders from government, academia and the private sector to discuss the future of Indonesian agriculture and food security at a series of events on Java, an island of Indonesia.
Topics included biotechnology, research and capacity building, advanced techniques in crop agronomy and aquaculture, and strategies to expand smallholder access to credit and extension services. The events were part of Winrock’s Agricultural Technology Assessment and Speaker Series, supported by the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta. The speaker series, which runs through 2012, aims to increase awareness and propose solutions to important agricultural challenges that were highlighted in an assessment prepared by Winrock earlier this year.
Indonesia’s Vice Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Rusman Heriawan, said that the assessment would serve as an important reference in the design of new programs and policies. Other notable participants in the July events included Dr. Roger Beachy from the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Mo., and Dr. Bambang Sugiarto of Indonesia’s University of Jember. David Norman, vice president for Enterprise and Agriculture, represented Winrock.