“Agriculture is the most basic aspect of human production. We could do away with banks, we could do away with taxis, we could do away with an awful lot. But if we didn’t have agriculture we would all starve,” says former Winrock Board member Neva Goodwin, opening the film “Good for the World,” a history of the Agricultural Development Council (A/D/C).
In 1953, John D. Rockefeller 3rd founded A/D/C to educate a new generation of Asian leaders to help make Asia agriculturally self-sufficient. Over its 30-year history, A/D/C helped 588 men and women from 16 Asian countries pursue advanced degrees.
A/D/C fellows became government ministers and academics, leaders and problem-solvers. Some became part of the Green Revolution, helping develop the crops that fed a burgeoning population, a movement credited with saving a billion lives.
In 1985, A/D/C combined with the Winrock International Institute for Livestock Research and Training and the International Agricultural Development Service to create Winrock International. Its founding principle of individual capacity building continues to guide Winrock today.