Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America and more than half its people live below the poverty line — with greater than one in every 10 mired in extreme poverty. Like many neighboring nations, the country is also highly susceptible to the impacts of climate change. Winrock has spent decades in Guatemala providing technical assistance to farmers, helping smallholders reach new markets for greater income, and bringing solar technology to isolated communities lacking electricity. Winrock has also worked to prevent child labor in agriculture and has supported the development of REDD+ strategies to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Winrock provides ongoing technical support to the owners of rubber plantations in Guatemala to implement greenhouse gas friendly practices and to help assess their possible participation in climate change mitigation markets.
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.