March 2003

In this issue:

Russian Timber Company Profits from FOREST 
Project Technology

Financing for 
Solar Projects Grows

Strengthening Nonprofits
in Arkansas

Winrock Earns Top Rating 
for Fiscal Management

Winrock International India, Rabo India Finance 
Join Forces

In China, swine producers and 
feed suppliers are learning about animal nutrition and the use of 
high quality feed grains and 
protein sources to enhance 
animal health and production. 
High Performance Swine Production
training programs also
focus on business management, breeding, food safety, and waste treatment.

Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers are helping Senegalese farmers make changes to increase vegetable quality and production.

Russian Timber Company 
Profits from FOREST Project Technology

Igirma-Tairiku, a FOREST Project partner company, is installing four biomass-fired boilers to power 10 to 12 dry kilns. Use of biomass wood wastes for energy generation will reduce operating costs and increase annual lumber production by 150,000 cubic meters for export to Japan, Austria, and Germany. Increased production is expected to generate more than $1 million in profits and create new jobs for local workers. Learn more about how the FOREST Project is improving natural resource management.

Financing for Solar Projects Grows

Lending for solar energy projects in India increased 565 percent following training for more than 1,000 commercial loan officers. The Solar Finance Capacity Building Initiative provides training, as well as business planning and entrepreneurial assistance to advance solar technology and increase financing for energy projects.

Strengthening Nonprofits in Arkansas

With funding from the USDA Rural Community Development Initiative, Winrock will work with community based NGOs in Arkansas to improve their capacity for developing and administering grants and improving accountability. For more information about the NonProfit Improvement Partnership click here.

Winrock Earns Top 
Rating for Fiscal Management

For the second consecutive year, Winrock received a
4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator of charities, for attaining the highest possible score for its strong fiscal management. For more information visit

Winrock International India,
Rabo India Finance Join Forces

Winrock International India will provide carbon advisory services and will certify emission reduction projects funded by Rabo India Finance, part of Rabobank International’s network of 90 offices in 29 countries. Winrock also will complete due diligence work for Clean Development Mechanism design documents. A memorandum of understanding signed February 13 in New Delhi will enable more projects to secure revenue from sale of Certified Emission Reductions they
generate and increase the viability of renewable energy
and energy efficiency options in the country. Learn more at


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Mountains of wood waste are
fuel for boilers.


Loan officers learn about potential of solar energy.

There are hundreds of  nongovernmental organizations
in Arkansas.

Louis Menezes, chairman of the Winrock International India Board of Directors, and Rana Kapoor, CEO and managing director of Rabo India Finance, sign agreement.