Future Policy Award 2018:

Future Policy Award 2018: Call for nominations launched

We need to shift to more sustainable food systems!

At the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Future Council (WFC) and IFOAM – Organics International kicked off a global contest for the world’s best agroecology policies.

In 2015, world leaders committed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Especially, SDG 2 “Zero Hunger” calls on them to end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation however, 815 million people go hungry even though there is more than enough food produced in the world to feed everyone. Food security is a complex condition and it is critical to adopt a holistic approach to all forms of malnutrition, the productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, resilience of food production systems and the sustainable use of biodiversity and genetic resources.

Our global food system is at a crossroads. We need to shift to more sustainable food systems. Agroecology is a concrete option in this process.

Scaling up agroecology is key to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and therefore, the World Future Council, the FAO and IFOAM – Organics International will identify and honour legal frameworks and policies that create enabling environments for agroecology in 2018. World Leaders and the UN General Assembly recognise the potential of agroecology to achieve healthy nutrition for all and to address social injustice, climate change and biodiversity loss. There are numerous countries where the legal framework gets it right. This year’s Future Policy Award will showcase and reward these innovative policies.

Until 15th May a call for nominations was being circulated to experts from international organisations, non-governmental organisations, academia, foundations, development agencies and others. Right now we are intensely researching and evaluating the more than 30 policy nominations that we have received from all around the world – our gratitude to all nominators! In early July an international jury will convene to decide upon the winning policies of the different categories of the Future Policy Awards 2018. A shortlist will thereafter be published, whilst the winners will be announced in early October 2018.

The Future Policy Award 2018 is convened by the FAO, the World Future Council, IFOAM-Organics International with the support of Green Cross International, DO-IT – Dutch Organic International Trade and Sekem Group, Egypt. 

The winners of the 2018 Future Policy Award will be recognised in a formal ceremony with the participation of ministers, decision-makers and the media around World Food Week at FAO in Rome.