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Our Mission

Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources.

Winrock matches innovative approaches in agriculture, natural resources management, clean energy and leadership development with the unique needs of its partners.

By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.

Our Vision

Winrock International is committed to building human capacity, creating long-term relationships, managing effectively, communicating openly, and promoting teamwork.

Our strength lies in unity as an organization and dedication to our objectives. Winrock's success is determined by common appreciation of these shared values by the staff, members of the Board of Directors and our Advisory Council, and by our partners and collaborators.

History

The Agricultural Development Council (A/D/C), established in 1954 by John D. Rockefeller 3RD, provided graduate-level fellowships to outstanding students from 16 Asian countries. 

During its 31 years of operation, the A/D/C supported advanced degree studies of 588 men and women. Most attended universities in the United States; a few studied in Europe and Australia. The A/D/C also strengthened local academic institutions, sponsored conferences, and supported research initiatives. 

The A/D/C was successful in identifying scholars with a deep commitment to serving their countries; more than 90 percent of A/D/C fellows returned home to assume leadership positions in academia, government, and the private sector. 

Today many A/D/C scholars continue to play important roles in rural development. If you were an A/D/C Fellow, or a Winrock Scholar in Asia, we want to reconnect with you! 

In 1985, the A/D/C merged with two other Rockefeller family-related organizations to become Winrock International. In 2004, on the 50th anniversary of the A/D/C, Winrock created the John D. Rockefeller 3RD Scholars Program to recognize Rockefeller's lifelong contributions to international development and cooperation.

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