IFOAM – Organics International has joined forces with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Future Council to celebrate exemplary legal frameworks and policies scaling up agroecology with the Future Policy Award 2018.
our Call for Nominations triggered unprecedented response
The world’s biggest contest on agroecology has been kicked off this year and the feedback in the first rounds stunned us: 20,000 experts from all over the world were contacted to nominate the most exemplary policies for our Future Policy Award. We received 51 policies from 25 countries from all continents that advance sustainable agriculture and food systems. These were six nominated policies from Africa, twelve from Asia, nine from Europe, twenty from Latin America, one from North America, and three are international ones.
The next step
At the end of July, our international jury of experts discusses which of the evaluated policies best receive the Awards.
Our jury this year will be composed of 9 eminent experts including representatives from organising partners - FAO, World Future Council, IFOAM - as well as CISDL, Demeter International, the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, IPES-Food, Navdanya International, Millenium Institute/Biovision Foundation and the Daniel & Nina Carasso Foundation. Among them will be 4 women and 5 men coming from 5 different continents.
The winners of the 2018 Future Policy Award will be recognised in a formal ceremony with the participation of ministers, decision-makers and the media around World Food Week at FAO Headquarters in Rome in October 2018, in occasion of World Food Week.
ABOUT THE FUTURE POLICY AWARD
The Future Policy Award 2018 is convened by the FAO, the World Future Council, IFOAM-Organics International with the support of Green Cross International, DO-IT - Dutch Organic International Trade and Sekem Group (Egypt).
The Future Policy Awards celebrate policies that create better living conditions for current and future generations. Each year, the awards identify one topic on which policy progress is particularly urgent to raise global awareness for exemplary policies and speed up policy action. This year, the theme is agroecology. Scaling up agroecology is key to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. World Leaders and the UN General Assembly recognise the potential of agroecology to achieve healthy nutrition for all and to address social injustice, climate change and biodiversity loss.
Read the last press release here.