The WAF 2016 Sustainability Pioneers

Congratulations to The Kamalnayan Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation, Tellspec, and Nishant Bioenergy, the 2016 WAF Awards winners!

126,980 votes have been cast on the 9 WAF Awards finalists, and we are proud to present the top 3 projects you chose to globally celebrate this year. 3 different stories, equally amazing impact in the areas of water, air and food security: restoring water courses and farmers’ lives, ensuring the safety of the food we eat, and enabling environmental-friendly enterprises in poor rural communities. Help us celebrate the winners and their sustainable solutions at the WAF Awards Ceremony!

100,271 votes


With the help of local communities, the Kamalnayan Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation (KJBF) has revived 135 watercourses in Maharashtra State, India, through the building of 91 dams that conserve monsoon water. Before this, silted seasonal rivers would flood and destroy crops, causing desperate situations and suicides among farmers. Now, conservation measures and  rejuvenate the soil, agricultural production has increased substantially and the water table has remained stable.

10,571 votes


Tellspec, a Canadian-based data company, has developed an affordable real-time hand-held food scanner. The scanner can determine the authenticity, safety and nutritional value of food, and thus provides the consumer with the most relevant and accurate information about the food they eat. The technology is a three-part system:  a pocket-sized scanner, a cloud-based analysis engine, and a mobile application. At a molecular level, the system can identify potential toxic contaminants, food ingredients, the quality of food, the calories, macronutrients and glycemic index, and even the authenticity of the label.

4,664 votes


Since 1990, Ramesh Kumar Nibhoria has worked to solve the environmental and health problems caused by the use of fossil fuels in kitchens and small industries. He founded Nishant Bioenergy P Ltd (NBPL) in 1999 to produce biomass pellet manufacturing plants and commercial stoves. The smoke-free stoves, are suitable for commercial heating, cooking, and boiling. Operating costs benefit rural users, as biofuel costs less than fossil fuels.