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.
Aug 1, 2014

Refocused and Ready

Good news from South Sudan! We are pleased to report that Room to Learn is set to begin its first phase of community work this September. Thanks to your support, we will resume efforts to expand education opportunities that are inclusive and promote social cohesion among the most disadvantaged groups in South Sudan, including those displaced by the recent conflict.

After decades of civil war and ongoing turmoil, there are many issues still preventing South Sudan’s education system from reaching its full potential. For many, the classroom remains a dangerous place. Room to Learn is working with school community members to find ways of improving learning opportunities for children and youth. We’re laying the groundwork for communities to provide core education services and tailor interventions that will give children access to safe, quality education. Our approach is to instill a sense of ownership among these communities, and build their capacity to devise and implement school development plans.

Education is key to creating lasting peace and prosperity in the world’s newest nation. It is our hope that an expanded, improved, and safer education service will serve the needs of South Sudanese communities and, at the same time, help promote stability.

We rely on your continued support. In coming months, we’ll share with you the stories of positive change that Room to Learn is creating in the lives of South Sudan’s children and youth.

Jul 18, 2014

Mata no Peito Forestry Fund: Summer 2014 Update

With the excitement winding down from a summer of World Cup soccer, hosted in cities throughout Brazil, the next opportunity for the country to showcase its world-renowned natural beauty will be in 2016, when Rio de Janeiro will host the Summer Olympics.

Brazil is home to over half of the planet’s forests, including the Amazon and the Atlantic Rainforest. Each year an area equivalent to three million soccer fields is deforested or degraded in Brazil due to logging, or conversion to cropland or grazing land.

Nike, together with Winrock, seeks to bring together a visionary team of partners in the Mata no Peito initiative to raise awareness and funds for joint action to protect and replant forests throughout Brazil. To date, with support from donations via Global Giving, we have raised more than $40,000 and removed over 19 million pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere via retirement of carbon credits to offset their carbon footprints – equivalent to taking 1,785 cars off the road for a year.

On behalf of Nike and Mata no Peito, we thank you for your generous support. Donations are pooled to seed the Mata no Peito Fund, which will provide investments in select innovated forestry projects throughout Brazil.

Jul 1, 2014

A Summer of Decision Aids

This summer NGFN turns its resources to giving people solid techniques for making well-educated, strategic decisions. Good Food businesses have a TRIPLE bottom line to answer to, making it even more critical to make the right decisions about fundamental business investments. This summer we look at two top investments (technology and trucks), with an emphasis on food hubs, though the principles apply to any business.

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Byte Sized: Choosing Appropriate Technology to Run Your Good Food Business -Register now!
Thursday, July 24, 3:30-4:45 ET

Good Food Businesses are complicated. There are many types of exchanges that a business must track accurately, including money, food, and many types of information. And there are a large number of constituents that need to have all of the right things - growers, buyers, consumers, drivers, and warehouse personnel to name a few.

In the 21st century, we must use software to ensure all pieces of our business are accurately served. But how do you choose the right technology to help run your business? A solution that does not fit your business well could cost a lot of money, and worse, lost productivity.

The first step in choosing the right solution is a deep understanding of your own business. With the right analysis you can make technology choices with greater speed, and with confidence. This webinar will give you the tools to perform an accurate analysis of your business technology needs. Although the presentation will focus on food hubs (arguably one of the more complicated Good Food businesses, as a "middle man" interacting with all pieces of the food system), the same theories apply to ALL businesses.

Your donations keep these Free! Register now!

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Ins-TRUCK-tion Manual: Lease, Buy, or Other? Register Now!
Thursday, August 21, 2014 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM EDT

How do you decide whether to lease, own or outsource your trucking?

As we talk to food hubs across the country this question comes up over and over again. Farm Credit of the Virginias and Farm Credit Council have created a new tool that will give you a definitive financial answer to that question.

Moreover, this same type of analysis can be used for any food operation that involves equipment, from farming to processing and beyond.

This webinar will take you through theory and practice of making the right decision for your business.

Your donations keep these Free! Register now!

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Community-Based Food Business Financing

In Austin, Texas a group of folks hungry for local food have cracked the code to access capital – looking to the community. Using a cooperative model they are continuing to innovate. Starting with the knowledge gained from such ventures as a co-op grocer, their success led them to experiment with opening a co-op brew pub. This venture has been another striking success, and are now working to open a cooperative food hub.

This webinar starts with the basics of what a co-op is, how it works, and then discusses accessing community-based capital through what is called a Member Investor Share Offering (MISO, also known as a Direct Public Offering or DPO). By leveraging the dollars from the community, they have been able to finance the start-up and beginning operations of innovative co-ops. Hear what the organizers of these businesses believe to be the secrets to their success, and some suggestions on how you might consider financing your planned operation in this way.

Watch now!

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Net Value: An Innovative Approach to the Seafood Supply Chain

As a fisherman, business as usual means heading out to sea, battling the elements, catching as much as you can, and heading back inland to sell what you caught on auction. You do not know what will sell, and you do not know what price it will fetch.

As an institutional, retail or other mid-scale buyer you are also at the mercy of the auction. Budgeting is difficult, and there is generally no means to assure that the fish you are buying has the attributes you value, such as being sustainably caught, allowable bycatch, etc.

Open Ocean Trading created an innovative online marketplace, called FYSH-X, that allows buyers and sellers to trade commercially harvested and farmed seafood products in forward time. This value chain approach means that fishermen can leave the docks secure in the profitability of their trips by locking into a price and selling all or a portion of a catch in advance. And buyers are empowered by having prices they can budget for, and by being able to negotiate directly with vessels for any attributes that are important to them.

In this webinar hear the history and context of the fish trading business, and how the Open Ocean Trading marketplace works. A seller (a fisherman) and an institutional buyer speak from their perspectives about how FYSH-X has changed their businesses. And as always, we end with questions and answers.

Watch now!

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