Providing economic opportunity, food security and a safe environment for future generations requires leadership at all levels of society. Winrock has long made it a top priority to equip emerging leaders, particularly women and girls, with the skills, opportunities and networks of support they need to succeed in their communities and beyond.
There is no substitute for rigorous, high-quality research conducted by professionals who live in and care about a community. Launched in 1987 by Winrock and the Ford Foundation, the African Rural Social Sciences Research Networks supported years of investigation into sustainable rural development, food security and productivity in Africa. The work was conducted by Africans — a way to strengthen the continent’s research capabilities — and was used to inform smart policies to strengthen rural communities.