Future Policy Award on Agroecology: our Call for Nominations triggered unprecedented response

This year’s Future Policy Award is focusing on policies scaling up agroecology. These policies contribute to the protection of life and livelihoods of small-scale food producers, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement climate-resilient agricultural practices.

This is the world’s biggest contest on agroecology, it was 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 nominations from 25 countries from all continents that advance sustainable agriculture and food systems. Six nominated policies come from Africa, twelve from Asia, nine from Europe, twenty from Latin America, one from North America, and three are international. See the full list of nominated policies here.

We received more than on nomination from certain countries - six from Brazil, four from Cuba, five from India, three from Italy and two each from Argentina, Bolivia, Denmark, Ethiopia, Philippines, Spain and Venezuela.

The policies we have received come from all governance levels, from city to state, national, continental and even the international level. They reflect a wide range of law-making and policy approaches, addressing different aspects of the topic of agroecology, from supporting organic and agroecological production to comprehensive food policies tackling production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management.

This year the research team was composed of 13 people coming from 9 different countries, speaking more than 6 different languages fluently. We engaged with more than 100 experts to receive their views and discuss with them the impact of the policies nominated for the Award. Overall, the evaluation team screened and discussed 51 policies, evaluating 21 of them fully.

Selecting the winner

At the end of July, an international jury of experts will discuss which of the evaluated policies will receive the awards. They will be choose 1 policy to win Gold, 2 to win Silver, 3 to receive Honourable Mentions and last but not least 1 Vision Award. 

Our jury this year will be composed of 9 eminent experts including representatives from organising partners - FAO, World Future Council and IFOAM - Organics International, 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.

The winner will be announced and celebrated  on the occasion of World Food Week in October 2018, held at FAO Headquarters.

We are looking much forward to this event and to honour such exemplary political will!

To learn more about the Future Policy Award click here.

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