This prize is aimed at supporting those who are changing the context in which we are all working; who are helping to build and strengthen the regenerative movement.
We aim to award one prize to a small scale project in this category.
In 2018 there are two prize winners, with each being awarded £25,000.
Below are the winners, short-listed projects and other nominees.
ABN was established in the late 1990s, through the ‘African Group’ of policy-influencers, registering as a Trust in Kenya in 2010. It now has 36 active partners in 12 countries across Africa, and has incubated a number of important regional initiatives, including the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA).
It grew out of a commitment to nurture a new leadership in Africa, dedicated to enhancing biological and cultural diversity, and social and ecological justice. It uses exchange programs, training and knowledge-sharing to strengthen rights, policy and legislation.
A particular focus is the empowering of indigenous and local communities across Africa to revive their bio-cultural diversity & protect their sacred natural sites & territories (SNS&T).
Amrita Bhoomi is a peasant agroecology training centre. It was launched in 2013 by Indian farmers to find solutions to the agrarian and ecological crises in India.
Today, most farm soil and food are contaminated, ground water tables are low, and biodiversity is lost, due to oil dependent, chemical, and monoculture farming. On the social front, there is a wave of farmer’s suicides because of indebtedness due to expensive inputs.
Amrita Bhoomi is working to reverse these trends by carrying out trainings for farmers on Zero Budget Natural Farming – a local agroecological method that needs no external inputs, very low water, and relies on natures processes. It has a special focus on youth, and also carry out seed conservation and distribution and climate adaptation.
Established in 2002, AUB-NCC is a platform for faculty and students across disciplines to engage in human ecology and public participatory approaches towards regenerative socio-environmental change.
Its projects are transdisciplinary in nature, apply innovative digital tools that support collective action and build deep relations among collaborating communities.
AUB-NCC is reviving traditional medicinal plant based knowledge, publishing citizen-friendly guides for diverse entities to enter the circular economy, collaborating with over 100 communities to produce a digital platform for collective eco-cultural protection and rural economic support, supporting eco-entrepreneurs, establishing an Integrative Health MSc and bringing regenerative principles to the Ecosystem Management MSc at AUB.’
In 1986 the European Farmers Coordination was founded. In 2008, this merged with additional farmer organisations to form the European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC). ECVC is a unique space of social movement building around food and agricultural systems, working for peace and social change.
ECVC’s aim is to improve the situation of peasants in Europe. In the area of public policies it is present in different European and international policy spaces promoting peasantry and food sovereignty.
The organisation’s main goal is to promote agroecology as a peasant way of life, with a strong social component and practical knowledge exchange. It is defending the right to peasant life, engaging to create new or change legal frameworks.
FIAN International was founded in 1986 as the first organisation to advocate for the realization of the right to food and nutrition. Holding a consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, FIAN is active in more than 50 countries.
FIAN International exposes violations of people’s right to food and related rights wherever they may occur and stands up against undue and oppressive practices that prevent people from feeding themselves. The struggle for adequate nutrition is a critical component to the right to food, moving the debate beyond medicalized interventions and towards food systems that support healthy diets and ecosystems.
By holding governments accountable, it strives to secure people’s access to and control over natural resources as well as to halt the increasing corporate influence over our livelihoods, health and nutrition, now and for future generations.
LWA was established in 2013 to provide a collective political voice for UK farmers, growers and woodland workers, to advance the principles of Food Sovereignty by strengthening their capacity to meet UK food, fuel and fibre needs.
It combines political campaigning with training and solidarity events. It now have 800 members across the UK and has established a strong political presence through its publications, meetings, and alliances.
As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, there is an opportunity to lobby the UK government to allocate significant funds to organic horticulture in its Post-Brexit Agricultural Policy. It has already formed a Horticulture Working Group, published a policy paper and started building relationships with other organisations to create a unified voice.
RI was launched in June 2015 to create public awareness about regenerative agriculture and its many benefits.
It is building a global network of farmers, scientists, business leaders, activists, educators, journalists, governments and consumers. It focuses on public education, policy and farmer training.
RI has brought together stakeholders from more than 20 countries to collaborate on strategy; participating in the COP21, COP22, and COP23 Climate Summits; organized teach-ins on the “4 per 1000: Food Security and Climate Initiative”; co-created the Regeneration Hub, an online global resource for farmers; promoted a definition of regenerative agriculture that can’t be co-opted by corporations; co-organized a migrant summit in Guatemala; and assisted in the formation of affiliate regeneration chapters/groups.
BMPI was founded to enable people otherwise excluded from recognition in the global Permaculture world to learn, be seen and heard. BMPI meets the needs for non-formal permaculture community education.
Rosemary wrote the Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture, the Teacher’s, and the Training of Teacher’s, manuals to establish quality, consistency and ‘care of people’. Locally, BMPI held two Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) courses, one teacher training and other short courses. Free places were given to young people and refugees. It also supports other permaculture organisations in Australia such as Milkwood.
Overseas, several months a year, Rosemary teaches PDCs and teacher training with a deep commitment to people’s rights to access permaculture strategies, identify future problems and work on local short and long term solutions.
The Transition Network was set up in 2007. The Transition Hubs and Transition Network set up the Municipalities in Transition project in early 2017. The project is collecting and publicising cases where Transition groups and municipalities have worked together to create much greater impact towards sustainability and regeneration, with already more than 70 examples worldwide.
It is creating a recommended framework to help community groups and municipalities work together, and will launch an innovative pilot programme and set up an international community of practice.
It continues to deepen relationships with influencers and decision-makers at EU, national, regional and municipality level. The Municipalities in Transition project means it can step up in this influencing work, to reach policy makers.
ZIMSOFF was established in 2002, being the voice of the peasants struggling for social justice in Zimbabwe. It envisions improved livelihoods of organized and empowered smallholder farmers, practising sustainable and viable ecological agriculture.
It is campaigning to influence policies and public awareness towards agroecology, and smallholder farmers’ rights to healthy soils, clean water and seed. It is using farmer to farmer training and networking, to spread proven water harvesting, degraded wetland rehabilitation, and organic agricultural techniques, in a most drought-afflicted region.
As members of La Via Campesina it has developed and elaborated a political vision for transformation that it calls Food Sovereignty, for the survival of humanity, even under extremely difficult conditions.