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.
Apr 29, 2013

Mata no Peito update

On behalf of Nike and other partners in the Mata no Peito Initiative, we thank individual and corporate donors for their continued generous support. To date we have raised over $35,000 from individuals and corporations, who via retirement of carbon credits to offset their carbon footprints have removed more than 7,750 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere – equivalent to over 17 million pounds of CO2 and taking 1,615 cars off the road for a year! All funds will be pooled with other corporate and individual partner donations to the Mata no Peito Fund, which will provide funding to projects that protect and replant forests throughout Brazil.

Next summer, the eyes of the world will be on Brazil as the host of the World Cup. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the event are estimated to total over 14 million tons - more than 11 million tons from new construction and transport projects in addition to over 3 million tons from athlete and spectator participation, primarily associated with air travel among the 12 host cities. Mata no Peito partners can offset their own emissions while contributing to offsetting the GHG emissions of the world’s second largest sporting event.  

Earlier this year we announced Sustain:Green as the newest corporate partner in the Mata no Peito initiative. Sustain:Green will soon launch a biodegradable credit & debit card that will offset for all card purchases through retirement of Nike offsets to benefit Mata no Peito. Sustain:Green cardholders will have the unique opportunity to not only reduce their carbon footprint as they make everyday purchases, but will also be funding investments in Brazil forestry projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve livelihoods. Sign up now to be one of the first to get the Sustain:Green card at www.sustaingreen.com.  

We remain eager to confirm additional Mata no Peito coalition partners to help raise awareness of the importance of forests to address climate change, sustainable livelihoods and biodiversity.

Feb 19, 2013

Coming Soon: New Retail Outlet Available for Women

Officials announce plans to open EDIE
Officials announce plans to open EDIE's Village

The Arkansas Women’s Business Center (AWBC) will open a new retail business accelerator—EDIE’s Village. The El Dorado Incubator Environment (EDIE) will be a business incubator that provides the framework and support for a student-run business and accompanying retail space for the student business, recent Operation Jump Start graduates, and other AWBC clients throughout Arkansas.

 EDIE’s Village is a partnership between South Arkansas Community College (SouthArk) and the AWBC a project of Winrock International, through funding from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA).

 The project will achieve the following objectives:

1) increase market access for student and community entrepreneurs, and

2) increase access to business development mentoring services for entrepreneurs located in the Delta.

 The incubator is scheduled to open this summer.

 Your contributions to the AWBC continue to make dreams of business ownership a reality for women in Arkansas.

Feb 14, 2013

Winter 2012/13 Update

I just attended the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group conference. It is so fulfilling to me when someone seeks me out at a conference and thanks me for putting together the webinars. This happened several times at this conference. For instance, one woman working on a food hub in northern Vermont let me know that she has trouble finding resources to support her work. The webinars give her both the practical solutions for her work, and the feeling that she is not alone in her work.

This winter has seen some fantastic webinars!

November 29, 2012: Market-Based Models for Increasing Access to Healthy Food: Defining What Works - Watch the Archive

The Wallace Center is compiling what has been learned by working with thirty food enterprises from across the country which are focused on food access. These enterprises are all part of Wallace Center’s Healthy Urban Food Enterprise Development (HUFED) program. In this webinar, program leaders share key highlights and takeaways resulting from this program, their expertise and additional research results. Presenters share many examples of innovative and effective strategies for moving food along the supply chain and helping consumers to ultimately purchase and consume healthy food.

January 17, 2013: Production Planning to Increase Market Efficiency: Reducing Financial Risk Through Food Hubs - Watch the archive

One benefit producers find working with food hubs is the long-term, transparent relationship characteristic of a value chain. Transparency can increase market efficiency by making an effort to find that inscrutable balance between supply and demand. The key to that process is production planning. A food hub has the valuable position of being in the middle of the transaction, so they have an understanding of what the buyers want, and the adjustments that producers can reasonably make to meet that demand.

Two food hubs present their very different methods for doing production planning. We also hear from a farmer to share his perspective - what is it like to cede some of the decision making for what to plant to your buyer?

.. and coming up...

February 21, 2013: On-farm Food Safety and Access to Larger Markets - Register now!

On-farm food safety is on the mind of those looking to support the success of small and mid-sized, sustainable producers.  We will dig into two cutting edge issues:
More and more wholesale and institutional buyers are requiring on-farm food safety certification, making these markets extremely difficult to participate in for smaller farmers due to the expense of GAP auditing. The Wallace Center is working with USDA to identify and run several pilots at food hubs of a group GAP approach. Instead of the current "one farm, one audit" protocol, participants in a group GAP audit have their shared food safety system audited, and are audited as one body. This method opens markets to producers who would otherwise be priced out.
The Food and Drug Administration just released two proposed rules outlining new standards for produce safety and preventive controls for food processing and manufacturing.  These two rules, along with existing food safety regimes, create a maze of challenges for the development and growth of local and regional food systems.  Come learn about the new proposed rules, models for addressing food safety, and how to get involved in supporting sustainable food systems and safe food!

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