Influence Award

For organisations that are campaigning or lobbying to influence policy, regulation or public opinion in support of regeneration.

This fund was aimed at supporting groups who are changing the context in which we are all working.

There was 1 prize winner, awarded £25,000.

 

Prize Winners for 2017

La Via Campesina

La Via Campesina (LVC) was founded in 1993 and involves 164 member organisations in 73 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

LVC represents millions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers.

LVC is an autonomous, pluralist and multicultural movement that promotes agroecology as a path to social justice and dignity. LVC defends peasant agriculture against corporate-driven agriculture and trade liberalisation, and upholds Food Sovereignty as a response to the intertwined food and climate crises.

We are working towards a Peasant Rights Declaration currently in negotiation at the UN Human Rights Council.

  • Community, Food, Networks
  • 2017
  • Influence Award
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Project information

  • English, French, Spanish
  • https://viacampesina.org/en/
  • LVC International Operative Secretariat, 197A Smuts Road, Prospect, Waterfalls, Harare 00000, Zimbabwe


Also short-listed

Amrita Bhoomi Center

At Amritabhoomi, our mission is to challenge corporate attempts to impose patents on life by building sustainable models of autonomy in agriculture.

Its programs are open to all rural people, and the key constituency Amrita Bhoomi works with is the farmer’s movement in Karnataka, which has a membership of around 200,000 farmers.

Key work is centered on agroecology training programs- we especially promote farmer-to-farmer training on farming practices, ecological pest control, agroforestry, direct marketing, value addition etc. We also have intensive programs specifically for youth. Other key programs are seed conservation, model farms, youth internships and millets campaign.

Future plans include, expanding the seed program significantly as there is a very high demand for local seeds – we will increase our seed collections, expanding our seed saver network, produce and distribute seeds.

We also plan to expand our millets program, by increasing the number of local farmers growing millets, by carrying out processing and value addition and direct marketing, and forming cooperatives. We will also deepen research on climate friendly drought resistant crops.

  • Food
  • 2017
  • Influence Award
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Photo: Amrita Bhoomi Center

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Global Ecovillage Network

The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) is a growing network of sustainable communities and initiatives that bridge different cultures, countries, and continents. GEN serves as umbrella organization for ecovillages, transition town initiatives, intentional communities, and ecologically-minded individuals worldwide.

People and communities meet and share their ideas, exchange technologies, develop cultural and educational exchanges, directories and newsletters, and are dedicated to restoring the land and living a cooperative sustainable lifestyle.

Network members include large networks like Sarvodaya (2,000 active sustainable villages in Sri Lanka); the Federation of Damanhur in Italy and Nimbin in Australia; small rural ecovillages like Gaia Asociación in Argentina and Huehuecoyotl, Mexico; urban rejuvenation projects like Los Angeles EcoVillage and Christiania in Copenhagen; permaculture design sites such as Crystal Waters, Australia, Cochabamba, Bolivia and Barus, Brazil; and educational centres such as Findhorn in Scotland, Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, Earthlands in Massachusetts, and many more.

  • Community
  • 2017
  • Influence Award
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Photo: Global Ecovillage Network

Project information

  • English
  • http://gen.ecovillage.org/
  • Global Ecovillage Network, Findhorn Foundation, The Park, Findhorn, Forres IV36 3TZ, United Kingdom

North American Agroecology Conference Project

Our project culminates in a conference on agroecology in North America. But this will be no typical academic conference.

We will first conduct dozens of workshop-consultations with frontline communities who are implicated in agroecology, such as small/young/ecological farmers, urban food justice activists, farmworkers, and indigenous people.

The workshop process will integrate the global history and science/movement/practice of agroecology and the experiences of attendees, while the consultation will shape the goals, content, and organizational framework of the conference.

After this grounding of agroecology in the North American context, nonprofits, scientists, and policy-makers will then become involved in the conference organizing and conference itself.

  • Food
  • 2017
  • Influence Award
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Photo: North American Agroecology Conference Project

Project information

  • English
  • https://foodfirst.org
  • Center for the Study of the Americas (CENSA) office, 2156 Jefferson Ave, Berkeley, California 94703, United States

Regeneration International (RI)

Regeneration International is a project of the Organic Consumers Association.

RI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to building a global network of farmers, scientists, businesses, activists, educators, journalists, governments and consumers who will promote and put into practice regenerative agriculture and land-use practices that: provide abundant, nutritious food; revive local economies; rebuild soil fertility and biodiversity; and restore climate stability by returning carbon to the soil, through the natural process of photosynthesis.

  • Food, Landscapes
  • 2017
  • Influence Award
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Photo: Regeneration International (RI)

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Strengthening Community Forest Governance in Sub-Himalayan Bengal

Strengthening grassroots institutions in forest villages in the area, to promote a system of community forest governance as a sustainable and equitable way to fight deforestation and commodification.

The project activities include:

  • Strengthen community institutions for democratic forest governance;
  • Enrich value base (both biodiversity and livelihood) of the forest systems being brought under community governance;
  • Initiate meaningful community action in conservation as well as strengthening forest-based village economies;
  • Promote community conservation of forests as effective climate mitigation strategy;
  • In short, bringing the 2006 Forest Rights Act to life and making it work for forest communities.
  • Community, Landscapes
  • 2017
  • Influence Award
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Photo: Strengthening Community Forest Governance in Sub-Himalayan Bengal

Project information

  • English, Bengali
  • Bajkul, P.O. – Kismat Bajkul, P.S. – Bhupatinagar, District – Purba Medinipur, West Bengal 721655, India

Other nominations

 

Belgium 

Brazil 

Canada 

Czech Republic 

Ecuador 

Germany 

Italy 

Nepal 

Netherlands 
WISE , http://wisenederland.nl
South Africa 
BioWise Solutions t/a BioWise , www.biowise.org.za
UK 

USA