This prize is for the support of established groups, helping them to spread the word of their work to inspire more people.
There were 2 prize winners in 2017, each being awarded £25,000.
Below are the winners, short-listed projects and other nominees.
SAT works with small-scale farmers face-to-face, in a holistic way, to facilitate, exchange and refine agroecological methods through dissemination, application and research, to strengthen livelihoods.
The organisation creates linkages between farmers, educators, researchers and government, to generate and inspire locally-relevant knowledge.
Since 2011, SAT has brought over 2000 smallscale farmers into the agroecological farming movement by demonstrating and practising agroecological principles in 72 groups from 52 villages using participatory farmer field schools.
This community builds SAT’s Innovation Platform where all gained experiences are made accessible to a national community of more than 50,000 farmers.
The Timbaktu Collective works for sustainable development in the drought prone Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh (A.P.) in India.
The Collective works in over 172 villages of Chennekothapalli, Roddam and Ramagiri mandals of Anantapur district, reaching and serving about 20,000 marginalised families.
The Collective works with some of those most affected by chronic drought, unproductive land, unemployment and poor infrastructural facilities in the region. Among them are landless people and small and marginal farmers, with a special emphasis on women, children, youth and dalits.
We regenerate the mountain ecosystems of our ancestral Andean lands through afforestation and reforestation with native species, and with the capture and propagation of beneficial microorganisms to improve soil fertility.
We provide trainings for campesino families in the importance of reforestation, conservation of natural resources, and returning to indigenous agro-ecological farming methods. We support community livelihoods by providing fruit trees, medicinal plants and Andean grains for family gardens.
For us, the regeneration of soils and waters goes hand in hand with regeneration of culture and ancestral knowledge. As such we are an example of both social and ecological regeneration.
Peasant men and women are the central pillars of agroecological food and seed production in Eastern Europe.
We will facilitate access to knowledge sharing and cooperation within the region, especially for peasant women as they have a leading role in seed saving. The project will empower them to connect through working groups, elevating their role in building sovereignty through common stewardship of seeds and other natural resources.
Through the project, we will facilitate leadership building through meetings and will produce materials, publications and facilities for the renewal of their community seed base and operations.
Focus on the Global South has been implementing its Agroecology Project in India since 2013.
Agroecology strengthens the rights of people and communities to determine what to grow and in which way; promotes small-scale localised agricultural production and consumption, revitalizes local food systems; promotes conservation of indigenous seed and native crops; and provides an alternative to carbon-intensive industrial agriculture.
The project uses popular education materials and trainings to instill confidence among small and marginal farmers in India on the viability and sustainability of small farms. It teaches farmers about the dangers of chemical input-intensive, export-oriented conventional agricultural practices, and the benefits of agro-ecological farming practices and biodiversity conservation.
Gaia Education envisions a world where communities have harmonised their social, economic and natural systems, so that they thrive within bioregional and planetary boundaries, regenerating their environment and allowing diverse human potential and all life to flourish.
We contribute to this vision by providing leading-edge online and face-to-face ‘Design For Sustainability’ programmes using our Whole Systems Design Framework. Our long-term Project Based Learning Programmes assist fragile communities to replace petrochemical agriculture with regenerative food systems, focused on well-being and resilience.
We help over-consuming communities to reduce their ecological and carbon footprints, whilst strengthening their regional economy and revitalising their community.
Rural Coalition, an historic alliance of farmers, farmworkers, indigenous, and migrant people has worked since 1978 to build a society that values unity, hope, people, and land.
This vision is carried out through alliances, advocacy, and shared models of knowledge exchange to empower farmers and rural leadership. A member of La Via Campesina, our principles of food sovereignty, agricultural regeneration and rural resilience are rooted in the lifeways, practices and knowledge of our land-based communities.
We promote democratic participation of our communities in catalyzing an equitable transition in the systems and relations of exchange of local and global food systems.
Trees 4 Livelihoods (T4L) supports rural communities in Mali to embed regenerative land management techniques.
Working in a dryland environment experiencing increasing climatic shocks, T4L is successfully demonstrating a way to work with nature that is beneficial to both communities and ecosystems.
Using low-input techniques such as Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration, crop yields and biodiversity have improved hand-in-hand.
T4L also supports women to improve livelihoods based around indigenous trees like Henna and Baobab. Income gained from selling soaps, syrups and jams acts as an added incentive to conserve and restore tree cover.
T4L is run by Sahel Eco and International Tree Foundation.
By eschewing the traditional linear approach to sanitation in favor of learning from cyclical ecological systems, SOIL is building a circular sanitation economy that is restorative by intention.
In SOIL’s EkoLakay household toilet social business, we collect and transport wastes from locally-made toilets to a SOIL composting facility where the waste is safely treated and transformed into rich, organic compost.
Revenues from toilet user fees and compost sales support ongoing project costs and showcase the potential to affordably and sustainably provide ecological sanitation services in vulnerable urban communities while simultaneously restoring the environment to its life-giving potential.
Kindling is creating a fairer and more ecologically just food system.
We tackle problems caused by our increasingly industrialised food system at their root, providing:
Through these practical interventions we demonstrate that an alternative food economy is possible; one that values food, the land and the people who produce it, and in which organic food is seen as a right for all.