AWARD Shortlists 2014

Incredible Edible

Todmorden, UK,

Kindness grows as people connect through food. Food is shared fairly, and general vandalism is decreasing. Hundreds of townspeople who began by helping themselves are well on the way to self-sufficiency. Local food sales are up 46%. Two social enterprises have started: Incredible Food Hub raises fish, fruit and vegetables at a school; Incredible Edible Growing Ltd. provides horticulture training.

This wave has spread to some 33 towns across the UK. “We have learned to believe in each other and have faith in the power of small actions”

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Rainwater Harvesting

Katosi Women Development Trust (KWDT), Uganda

Challenge:

Women are particularly affected by drought in rain-fed agriculture areas. The need to fetch water from distant, often contaminated sources reduces productive time and compromises their health.

Solution:

KWDT trained women in building water tanks, harvesting rainwater and growing kitchen gardens. By 2012, they had constructed rainwater-harvesting tanks in 204 households, with more under way.

Result:

With access to water in the household, women can now grow kitchen gardens and rear more animals. Milk production now provides a litre of milk daily per household and a surplus for cash income. Cow dung provides organic manure for the kitchen gardens.

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ZABU

(Uganda Africa)

Challenge:

Droughts are increasing in East Africa because of climate change. Adopting sustainable farming practices requires community solidarity; however, youth prefer white-collar occupations.

Solution:

By applying sustainable agricultural practices, a local farmer used the output of one sector to help another, thereby creating a virtuous self-sustaining agricultural cycle. The manure from dairy cattle, pigs and poultry enabled biogas production, which in turn provided energy for cooking and lightening. It also returned to the fields for mulching.

Result:

In a two acre demonstration garden, sandy land has regained fertility over three years. Striga weeds, which impede cereal production, have become dormant. Since mulching, maize production has risen from 600 kg per acre to 3,500 kg.

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Single Mothers’ Agriculture Project

The Christian Development Organisation, Guyana

Challenge:

Block 22, Wismar Linden, is a squatter community of card and plastic shelters on condemned land. Many single mothers were forced to do odd jobs or sex work. Their malnourished children were frequently absent from school.

Solution:

The Christian Development Organisation carried out a needs assessment with community women. Together they planted plantains and bananas, using simple techniques of quick replication.

Result:

The bananas and suckers have generated food and cash income. Community activity has expanded to include small scale processing and cash crops like peppers and pakchoi. Residents have cleaned the community creek, allowing water to flow freely and reducing mosquitoes. Home ownership and quality is rising. Children are attending school more frequently. The community is also building a church. The government has installed potable water and mail service.

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Un Tech mi para país (UTPMP)

San José barrio, Santiago, Chile)

Challenge:

Slum dwellers’ water supply is more expensive and more contaminated. They spend heavily on boiling water, and their children miss schooling due to sickness.

Solution:

UTPMP introduced the Plasma Water Sanitation System (PWSS), developed by the Advanced Innovation Center of Chile. The system pipes clean water from a central purification plant. This high-tech approach is energy-efficient and low maintenance, requiring no expensive filter changes, for example. Armed forces volunteers worked with residents and researchers to instal the system in the San José barrio of Santiago, Chile.

Result:

The neighbourhood now enjoys immediate access to clean water. In addition, a “can-do” spirit is growing among residents because of this successful collaboration among researchers, government and the community.

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