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 International traces its roots to a charitable endeavor established by Winthrop A. Rockefeller at his ranch on Petit Jean Mountain, near Morrilton, Ark. Winrock International Livestock Research and Training Center was created to improve animal agriculture, in part utilizing expertise developed in raising Santa Gertrudis cattle at the mountaintop Winrock ranch.
In 1985, that institution merged with the Agricultural Development Council (A/D/C) and the International Agricultural Development Service, both founded by Winthrop's brother, John D. Rockefeller III, to form Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development (Winrock International). Now headquartered in Little Rock, Ark., Winrock International has continued and expanded its mission. Winrock’s significant innovations in agriculture, the environment, clean energy and leadership development help people improve their livelihoods while protecting the resources on which they rely.
Winrock International believes in the power of knowledge to change lives. 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. Winrock program teams blend expertise in agriculture, forestry and natural resource management, clean water and energy, leadership development and capacity building to achieve sustainable and equitable economic development in over 60 countries. Combined with Winrock’s innovative project design and implementation, the dedication and experience of our people fulfills a passionate commitment to improving lives and livelihoods worldwide.
Our LEED Recognition
Winrock International's commitment to sustaining natural resources extends to our Arkansas headquarters and our office in Arlington, Va. The Little Rock office earned the Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and the Arlington office was recognized with a Silver certification.