Winrock International

Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources. Winrock matches innovative approaches in agriculture, natural resources management, clean energy and leadership development with the unique needs of its partners. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.
Jan 20, 2015

Room to Learn Promotes Reading in South Sudan Schools

To read well, students need the opportunity to read regularly from a variety of text types and be provided with books and materials that are grade level appropriate and rich with relevant content. Currently, South Sudanese children do not have access to such books at home or at school. With these considerations in mind, the Room to Learn (RtL) South Sudan project has developed the Pocket Library Kit for distribution across RtL communities.

The Pocket Library is made from waterproofed cotton cloth and is fitted to hang on the classroom wall. A careful selection of fiction and nonfiction supplementary readers are included in its nine pockets, given along with book shelves, a storage cupboard, individual chalkboards and chalk for students and teachers as part of the Kit. These materials will be used for read-aloud activities as well as group and independent reading. It hoped, that the provision of Pocket Library Kits will motivate students to read, enhance their literacy skills, and increase their reading outcomes.

Your ongoing support is critical in helping RtL improve student access to reading materials in schools and learning centers across all of South Sudan.

Jan 15, 2015

Mata no Peito Forest Fund Update

Nike, together with Winrock, seeks to bring together a committed and visionary team of partners in the Mata no Peito Initiative to raise funding and awareness for the strength of join actions to protect and replant forests in Brazil.

We are grateful for the generous support to date from 155 individual donations via Global Giving as well as from committed corporate and nonprofit partners including the U.S. Tennis Congress, (USTC), Sustain:Green, the 2013 Environmental and Clean Energy Presidential Inaugural Ball, software development company iObit, Nissan, London Carbon Markets and Hub Culture.

To date, individual and corporate Mata no Peito partners have collectively raised $40,000 and removed 19.5 million pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere via retirement of carbon credits to offset their carbon footprints – equivalent to taking 1,825 cars off the road for a year. All donations will be pooled to provide funding to projects that protect and replant forests in Brazil and demonstrate community engagement and enhanced livelihoods.

We look forward to announcing the first Mata no Peito funded project in the coming months!

Dec 15, 2014

Quiet Before the Storm!

It's been a slow season at the NGFN Webinars... but it has NOT been slow in the Good Food world! The thousands of practitioners in the NGFN are making incredible process in getting healthy, fair, affordable, green food to all communities.

We are excited for the upcoming year of NGFN webinars! We have some incredible topics planned with the best minds, and the most experienced practitioners there to share their wisdom with you. We're not quite ready to announce most of them, but topics include looking at the roots of success and failure of food hubs, the "million dollar question" about how big an aggregator/distributor must be to be viable, creative ways to access capital, updates on the Food Safey Modernization Act, and more, more, more! This is looking to be onw of the most exciting years of webinars to date!

Here's one we are ready to announce!

January 22, 2015

Talk Is Cheap … and Efficient - Facilitating value chain development without costly new infrastructure

Register Now!

Let's face it: food hubs are sexy! So are other Good Food infrastructure projects, such as region-scaled meat processing plants.

And for good reason: these businesses are often filling gaps or bottlenecks in regional and local food systems.

However, those of us who support Good Food systems across the country are noticing that sometimes it's not a LACK of infrastructure that leads to bottlenecks - it is incomplete or inefficient USE of the infrastructure.

This webinar digs DEEP into many ways people are building a stronger Good Food system... without actually BUILDING anything!

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AND AS ALWAYS - review our large and growing library of recorded webinars: http://ngfn.org/webinars

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