Food security, agriculture and climate resilience are intrinsically intertwined. In the face of the depletion of natural resources such as clean water and fertile soils, a growing population and the challenges connected to climate change, we have to quickly transform our food and agriculture systems in order to protect biodiversity and regenerate our natural resources, reduce poverty and become resilient against weather extremes. In particular, small scale farmers in the Global South that produce the biggest share of food for the world’s population, suffer disproportionally from hunger and poverty, and are generally the most affected by the negative effects of global warming.
This is why the World Future Council, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and IFOAM – Organics International, highlighted with the 2018 Future Policy Award policies that scale up agroecology.
Since December 2017,, we cooperate with the grow platform GmbH and the start-up company Technology for Agroecology in the Global South (TAGS). In January 2019 we recognized together 15 Outstanding Practices in Agroecology. This recognition was celebrated this year for the first time. Since June 5th, World Environment Day, until 20th July 2018, experts had been invited to nominate exemplary agro-ecological approaches. From August until December 2018, the World Future Council carried out intense research and evaluation about the nominations.
From November 2018 until January 2019 we worked to promote the identified policy and practice solutions especially in Germany, supported by the Schweisfurth Foundation. The winners of the Future Policy Award 2018 and the recognized Outstanding Practices in Agroecology 2019 were presented to 200 decision-makers during International Green Week in Berlin on 18th January 2019.