One World Award honors global encouragers for the sixth time

Get to know the winners

[April 26, 2021] Encouragers – for us, encouragers are people who make the world a little bit better through their commitment, persistence and courage.

For the 6th time, we presented together with IFOAM – Organics International the encourager award to several very special people. The One World Award is endowed with 45,000 € – for the first time, the award ceremony took place as an online event.

Winner of the One World Award Grand Prix is Organic Denmark; the OWA Lifetime Achievement Award went to Tomoko and Yoshinori Kaneko. Guest of honor at the award ceremony was German Federal Development Minister, Dr. Gerd Müller.

Get to know the winners and get inspired:

Paul Holmbeck and Helle Borup Friberg from Denmark
OWA Grand Prix-Winners 2021

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Tomoko und Yoshinori Kaneko Organic pioneers in Japan

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Reinforcements for the OWA jury

This year, the One World Award is presented for the 6th time. New this year: the OWA jury has grown and new experts enrich the team. In the future, the applications from all over the world will be evaluated by six instead of four jury members. 

Short portraits of the jury members:

Bernward Geier

Jury coordinator

Jury coordinator since 2008 when the OWA was first initiated. Bernward Geier has been active in more than 100 countries and for more than 40 years as networker, journalist, lecturer or moderator for agricultural issues and environmental politics.

Joseph Wilhelm,

The founder and managing director of Rapunzel Naturkost started the OWA in 2008. The organic pioneer is a worldwide promoter of organic agriculture and for just and peaceful living – with fair trade, proprietary organic cultivation projects and active involvement against agropoisons and GMOs.

Dr. Vandana Shiva,

The physicist with a PhD is globally involved in environmental issues, biodiversity, women's rights and sustainability. For her extensive engagement, she received several awards such as the Right Livelihood Award. She has been active as OWA jury member since the beginning.

Dr. Hans Herren,

The internationally-renowned scientist, farmer and Right Livelihood Award laureate is one of the new jury members. He founded the Biovision Foundation that focuses on developing successful organic strategies. In 2010, Hans Herren and Biovision were awarded with the OWA.

Julia Lernoud,

At the Reasearch Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), this new jury member used to compile the annual reports "The World of Organic Agriculture". Since 2017, she is member of the IFOAM - Organics International World Board. IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriulture Movements) has been partner of the OWA since its start.

Santiago J. Sarandón,

The professor of Agricultural Ecology is also new in the OWA jury. His research focuses on sustainable agriculture and biodiversity and he is an internationally-renowned lecturer and author.

Shamiso Mungwashu,

The co-founder of the „Fair Trade Support Network Zimbabwe” (FSNZ) is committed to improving the living conditions in her homeland - with respect to fair trade, organic agriculture, sustainable development or children's rights. The 2017 OWA laureate now supports the jury for the first time. 

One World Award

The international ONE WORLD WARD (OWA) honors people and their projects that make the world a better place!


The ONE WORLD AWARD criteria provide potential nominees a guideline for assessing if they might qualify for the award.  ...

Award Partner

IFOAM – Organics International is the organic agent of change for true sustainability in agriculture, in value chains and consumption.