Our planet has around one billion undernourished people, all of them are too poor to either produce sufficient amounts of food or to buy enough food for their families. 80% of the hungry are farmers or landless rural laborers and the majority of these people produce organic by default. In this situation, efforts are imperative to support the transition to organic by design. UN studies have confirmed the effectiveness of ecological and social intensification of traditional farming methods.
At a time when troubling news from around the world promote anxiety, uncertainty, and pessimism, the applicants of the One World Award 2012 show us how happiness and wellbeing can be created in real life even under the most difficult circumstances. All applicants deserve our attention, our respect and our admiration.
It was not an easy task to limit the choice to the finalists from Turkey, Nicaragua, India and Cuba.
IFOAM especially applauds the winner, Major Jun from the Philippines who proves that it does not always take non-governmental organizations to respond to people’s needs and make a huge difference in their lives. Thank you and congratulations!