Partner Profile: The Wallace Center at Winrock International

Team: John Mensah (Accra, Ghana), Wes Manus (Little Rock, Ark.), Sara Swisher (Memphis, Tenn.), Wesley Prewett (Russellville, Ark.)

Supervisors: Susan Schempf and Andrew Carberry

The team is developing a strategy for the Wallace Center at Winrock International in local food and agriculture work in Arkansas. The work starts by analyzing the organization’s historical programming and role in food and agriculture in the state, cataloging current programming, and identifying core competencies to contribute to this work. Then, the teams looks outside the organization to conduct a landscape and gap analysis, focusing on the programs and players in local food and agriculture in Arkansas. Based on findings from these internal and external assessments, the team provides recommendations to the Wallace Center at Winrock International staff to help develop its organization’s strategy for food and agriculture programming in the state.

Mission: The Wallace Center supports entrepreneurs and communities as they build a new, 21st century food system that is healthier for people, the environment, and the economy.

“Having a Practicum team develop a systematic way to gather input from our partners and carry out interviews has been a huge help. We look forward to hearing their recommendations for the Wallace Center’s strategy for supporting local food systems development in Arkansas.” – Susan Schempf, Wallace Center Program Officer



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