Future Policy Awards 2018: Scaling-Up Agroecology

Today, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Future Council (WFC) and IFOAM – Organics International kicked off a global contest for the world’s best agroecology laws and policies during the closing of the  2nd International Symposium on Agroecology. 

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. The call for nominations is now open!

Read here the press relese. 

Why 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.

There are numerous countries where the policy framework gets it right. This year’s award will showcase and reward these innovative policies that create enabling environments for agroecology.

Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General, explains: “Agroecology can help transform the way we currently produce and consume food to build healthier and more sustainable food systems. But this calls for the full engagement of governments and policy makers. Only with significant commitment at the policy level, will we see the scaling-up of agro-ecological approaches take root and realize its potential.”

It is critical that we learn from the policies that are already making an impact,’’ says Alexandra Wandel, Director of the World Future Council.

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”, notes Peggy Miars, President of IFOAM – Organics International. “We see it happen in numerous countries where the policy framework gets it right. Let’s showcase and reward these innovative policies!

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 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 in Rome in October 2018.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

It is time to propose innovative policies to scale up Agroecology. If you’d like to do that, read the full details of the call for nominations here and fill in the form you find in the Annex by the 1st of May 2018.

However, we will welcome submissions in the weeks following this date as the analysis of nominations will be an ongoing process.

A jury of international expert will assess the shortlisted policies in July. 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 in October 2018 at FAO in Rome.

We are looking forward to receive your contributions, for more information you can contact advocacy [at] ifoam.bio

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