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October 2021

Prioritizing Decarbonization Pathways to Curb Climate Change

October 29, 2021

In a few days, nations across the globe will convene at the 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow to accelerate actions to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, and preferably below 1.5 ⁰C. The outcomes of COP26 will be critical, especially […]

Beating the Opioid Crisis: Transforming Stigma into Support for Prevention and Awareness

October 27, 2021

Arkansas has the second-highest opioid prescription rate in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It’s an alarming statistic: For every 100 people in The Natural State, physicians issued an average of 93.5 prescriptions of the highly-addictive, pain-relieving drugs in 2018, the latest year for which CDC data are available. […]

Winrock International Relocating Headquarters to its Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub

October 26, 2021

October 26, 2021 – Winrock International, the Arkansas-based national and international economic development organization, today announced it will relocate its headquarters in 2022 within its Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, located in North Little Rock’s Argenta Arts District. The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub has been part of Winrock International since 2016. Winrock will upgrade the Hub […]

Aaron Sundsmo named Winrock’s Senior Director of Agriculture, Resilience & Water

October 25, 2021

Winrock International is pleased to announce that Aaron Sundsmo has been named senior director of its Agriculture, Resilience & Water (ARW) group. Aaron has 20 years of experience providing organizational and portfolio leadership within both for-profit and non-profit international development organizations, including 15 years in Africa and Asia. In his new position as ARW’s senior […]

Building a Food-Secure, Climate-Resilient Future

October 20, 2021

It’s late August in Senegal: the weather has turned hot and wet. Even along the country’s Atlantic coast, daily highs hover around 90 degrees. Some of the national parks are closed. Tourists, along with migratory birds including Eurasian spoonbills, royal terns and greater flamingos have gone in search of milder weather further from the Equator. […]

Winrock to Lead $1.25 Million USDA Project to Advance Organic Agriculture in the U.S. Mid-South

October 20, 2021

Little Rock, Ark. – Winrock International has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to address barriers experienced by farmers in the mid-South when considering organic crop production. The $1.25 million grant will fund research, education, and extension work to create pathways for success […]

Paloma Adams-Allen Confirmed as USAID’s Deputy Administrator for Management and Resources

October 8, 2021

On Oct. 5, 2021, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Paloma Adams-Allen as the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) new Deputy Administrator for Management and Resources. Adams-Allen previously worked as president and chief executive officer at the Inter-American Foundation (IAF), a U.S. agency that supports community-led development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior […]

Pakistan’s IncREDible Chili Farmers

October 7, 2021

For lasting impact in Pakistan’s agriculture sector, especially for red chili peppers, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Pakistan Agriculture Development (PAD) project, implemented by Winrock International, offers a replicable model with private sector partners and smallholder farmers. Pakistan’s input supply company Haji Sons International is a leading seed marketing company with a network of agrodealers throughout the […]

Mopti: Schools Bring Hope

October 6, 2021

Beginning 18 years ago, the first children to receive a basic education in Irély-Bolo had to travel more than 11 kilometers each day to get to school. In 2012, when insecurity erupted in Mopti region it became very difficult to travel and children were forced to drop out of school. Community members consistently raised the inability […]

Digital Inclusion: Boosting Broadband Connectivity Key to Renewal in Underserved U.S. Communities

October 4, 2021

Kevin Smith, the mayor of Helena-West Helena, Ark., sits at his desk in City Hall virtually disconnected from the rest of the world. If he needs to send an email, conduct research online, or just connect to a video conference, the city’s top elected official is forced to wait. He stares at his computer screen, […]