Winrock’s history in Benin goes back roughly 25 years. While women in the West African nation have made great strides in recent decades, many are still disadvantaged by insufficient and inequitable access to educational, financial, health, or social resources. Winrock’s work in Benin has been particularly focused in this area — providing scholarships, training and mentoring programs for girls and women to advance their participation in agricultural, financial, political and environmental fields.
Small farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa are better able to achieve food security and earn a sufficient livelihood when they receive assistance from the continent’s agricultural colleges and universities. This program helps bolster the ranks of agricultural experts by introducing new opportunities for mid-career professionals to participate in extension education and degree programs at African universities.
Cooking food is one of life’s most essential tasks. Yet, it can also be deadly. Pollutants from cooking with solid fuels in open fires or rudimentary stoves are estimated to cause 4 million premature deaths a year, while also contributing to global climate change. Inefficient traditional cooking also threatens natural resources. To address these problems, Winrock works with cookstove manufactures to help them design and build higher-quality, better-performing cookstoves that meet consumer’s needs. This EPA-funded project provides this support through trainings, webinars and study tours all over the world — and through support to international voluntary standards.