Winrock’s history in Malaysia dates back to the Agricultural Development Council (A/D/C), founded by John D. Rockefeller 3RD in 1954. The A/D/C provided graduate-level fellowships to 43 Malaysian students, with the knowledge they would return home and share their skills to address growing populations and decreasing food supplies. More recently, Winrock project work has focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from forests, encouraging the use of biofuels and increasing agricultural production.
Asia’s forests are a critical economic and environmental resource for its people. Yet logging, farming and other human activities are accelerating deforestation at an alarming rate. This USAID-funded program developed a regional approach that promotes sustainable land use and establishes financial incentives for preserving critical forestland.
There is a measurable impact on greenhouse gas emissions when forests are cut down and replaced with plantations. As a contributor to the High Carbon Stock Study, a sustainability initiative launched by growers, traders and other stakeholders in the palm oil industry, Winrock reviews existing tools and equations used to measure the impact of turning forests into palm oil plantations.
Transitioning land from forest or grassland to cultivation for biofuels has implications for greenhouse gas emissions. As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Renewable Fuel Standard 2 rulemaking process, Winrock is responsible for evaluating and analyzing the emissions implications of land conversion taking place around the world as a result of increased demand for biofuels