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February 2019

Delta Innovation Fund Selects 20 Delta Startups for Accelerator Program

February 27, 2019

Cape Girardeau, Mo. – February 27, 2019 – Twenty early-stage startups from the Mississippi Delta region have been selected for the seventh cohort of the Delta Innovation Fund (Delta I-Fund) startup accelerator. Funded by the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) and administered by Winrock International, the Delta I-Fund is a proof-of-concept startup accelerator that connects budding […]

Arkansas Woman Jumpstarts Her Business With Help of AWBC

February 26, 2019

When a large chicken processing plant in El Dorado, Arkansas, closed in 2008, roughly 1,500 employees and 160 contract growers found themselves out of work. Amid the bleak economic downturn, however, LaQuita Rainey saw an opportunity. Rainey had spent 28 years in the nursing field and operated her own business, Elder House Adult Daycare, which […]

Tuning in to Rural Communities with Radio in Zambia

February 12, 2019

Shortly after midnight on August 1, 1981, MTV broadcast its first music video, the Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star.” The choice of the song was a statement of purpose – television is ascendant, radio’s old news – in the same way the internet and social media later brashly elbowed their way into public consciousness. […]

From Myanmar to Music City

February 12, 2019

It’s wintertime in Nashville, and coffee roasters at some of the top specialty coffee shops in the U.S. are reacting to their first experience with a newcomer to the international market: beans from the Shan State of Myanmar. “It blew my mind because it’s really complex,” said Will Shurtz, roaster and green coffee buyer at […]

Bolstering WASH, Building Resilience

February 11, 2019

Clean water keeps us alive by keeping us hydrated and clean. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects aim to improve public health by allieviating poverty and boosting economic development. They do this by building or rehabilitating water and wastewater sys­tems, and by promoting healthier sanitation and hygiene practices. While WASH programs continue to save lives, […]

Learning from Neighbors

February 8, 2019

Representatives of three Cambodian villages recently came away determined to improve their local sanitation after visiting a nearby community that had successfully addressed similar problems. Many of the villagers are part of a working group formed in October to address inadequate access to safe water supply and sanitation (WASH) in central Cambodia’s Stung Chinit watershed. […]

Winrock Launches Updated Code of Conduct

February 8, 2019

Winrock International’s Code of Conduct, launched in 2019, is a collection of guiding principles that extend and amplify the Winrock mission. The Code dictates guiding principles for workplace conduct and provides resources to help Winrock employees make informed decisions and act on those decisions with integrity. The Code covers everything from gender equality to personal data […]

Making Rice Sustainable

February 6, 2019

Siem Reap, Cambodia is home to Angkor Wat, one of the largest religious complexes in the world. The Angkor Wat temple complex and the 12th-century Angkor Thom royal city attract over two million tourists per year to the city in northwestern Cambodia. In late January, Siem Reap was also host to the Sustainable Rice Platform’s […]

Modeling Better Water Management

February 4, 2019

The Sustainable Water Partnership (SWP) has trained 15 Cambodian representatives from national and provincial departments, research institutes, technical organizations and universities on an innovative new water modeling tool. In September, SWP and consortium partner Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) provided technical training on the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) system, a software tool developed by SEI for integrated water […]