AWARD Finalists 2014

AFRICA CENTRE FOR HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT (ACHM)

Reversing Desertification (Africa)

Challenge:

Overgrazing has caused desertification in grassland ecosystems. The eroded soils cannot retain water.

Solution:

ACHM’s approach mimics the behaviour of wild savannah herbivores. Livestock is penned briefly in a compound. The herd breaks up hard soil, allowing air and water to penetrate. It also tramples down old grass while fertilizing the soil with dung and urine. After a time, the herd is relocated to another compound. On the herd’s departure, the compound regenerates ”naturally”.

Result:

By applying natural processes, the initiative stops desertification and protects livestock. In fact, the herds become efficient agents of soil regeneration leading to rehabilitation of ecosystems.

Interested?

If you are interested in a corporate sponsorship, please contact us.

For more information about this finalist see: www.achmonline.org

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MS Swaminathan Research Foundation

Community Managed Bioindustrial Watersheds (India)

Challenge:

Five regions in India suffered food shortages because of soil erosion and degradation. Lowered production, crop diversity and employment led to emigration.

Solution:

MS Swaminathan Research Foundation mobilized 5,000 locals: water users, paddy and pulse farmers, and women’s self-help networks. The groups shared knowledge and skills to develop a holistic farming system.

Result:

Mobilization has empowered community groups to increase holistic agricultural production, improve water-harvesting structures, and stimulate local enterprise.

Interested?

If you are interested in a corporate sponsorship, please contact us.

For more information about this finalist see: www.mssrf.org

Living Lands (South Africa)

Baviaanskloof Mega-Reserve Restoration
Challenge:

In the 1980s, flow diversion and drainage in the Baviaanskloof Mega-Reserve led to degraded water retention, a lowered water table and increased stream bank-erosion.

Solution:

Living Lands brought together 27 major landowners, three subsistence communities, and relevant experts. People worked together to identify the problem, share knowledge, create a holistic and collective understanding of the area as a living landscape and introduce restoration activities.

Result:

More than 1,000 hectares have been reforested; five rivers and alluvial areas have been restored. All land users have signed onto a land-use change map, which addresses payments for ecosystem services (PES), carbon credits, eco-tourism, restoration, and sustainable food production.

Interested?

If you are interested in a corporate sponsorship, please contact us.

For more information about this finalist see: www.livinglands.co.za

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Founder and CEO of Growing Power, Will Allen:

“Every person on Earth should have the same access to the same healthy food”.

First Lady Michelle Obama kicks off “Let’s Move”, a program designed to tackle childhood obesity by encouraging exercise and healthy eating.

The First Lady is joined by cabinet members, athletes, educators, students and others at the kickoff event.

Will Allen, founder of Growing Power, is assisting the First Lady in teaching children to grow and eat healthy, organic food.

Interested?

If you are interested in a corporate sponsorship,

please contact:

Tina Lindgreen, WAFA General Secretary: tili@wafaward.org

For more information about this finalist see:

www.growingpower.org

Growing Power (USA)

From Malnutrition to Healthy Eating

Photo Credit: Wikipedia: Will Allen (Urban Farmer)

Challenge:

“Food deserts” are growing in developed economies where young people have little knowledge of or access to healthy, fresh food. In Milwaukee, for example, 81% of the children qualified for lunch subsidies; more than 60,000 students were either overweight or in the risk zone.

Solution:

Growing Power has developed unused or abandoned urban lots into innovative food centres. The centres include greenhouses, apiaries, fish farms, and small livestock rearing. Composting regenerates the soil, and solar power generates energy. Local cooperatives provide baskets and fruit stands to distribute food within the neighbourhood. The centres also offer training and employment for local youth.

Result:

Up to 50,000 people annually benefit directly from the services, which include healthy meals to local schoolchildren. Local youth from the centres also visit the schools to showcase the initiative accomplishments and to promote healthy eating.

Photo Credit: Wikipedia – Will Allen (Urban Farmer)

SEANET education (Kenya)

e-Gardening

Challenge:

Limited food and clean water caused hunger and sickness among schoolchildren. The problem impacted school attendance, creating an atmosphere of despair.

Solution:

With just 20 laptops, students engaged in eLearning programmes on water harvesting, microlivestock raising, cottage food industries, group dynamics, and leadership skills. Among other initiatives, 21 water tanks were built to hold 168,000 litres and 15 microlivestock houses were erected. An 11,600 square-foot area became a greenhouse and demonstration plot to promote community self-sufficiency.

Result:

Eleven schools and 4,035 students accessed clean water and healthy food. They also developed students’ food production and processing skills.

Interested?

If you are interested in a corporate sponsorship, please contact us.

For more information about this finalist see: www.seanetkenya.org

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