Providing economic opportunity, food security and a safe environment for future generations requires leadership at all levels of society. Winrock has long made it a top priority to equip emerging leaders, particularly women and girls, with the skills, opportunities and networks of support they need to succeed in their communities and beyond.
John D. Rockefeller 3rd, who had a personal interest in Asia and a concern for its people, founded the Agricultural Development Council (A/D/C) in 1954. Rockefeller believed the best way to make the fast growing continent agriculturally self-sufficient was to educate a new generation of leaders. Over its three-decade history, the A/D/C helped nearly 600 men and women from 16 Asian countries pursue advanced degrees. Many A/D/C alums have gone on to prominent positions in academia and government.