We love the one world we have, but we are worried about opportunities
for future generations. We all know that business as usual is
not good for our planet and the people on it. Change is needed and
the organic movement facilitates change not only by issuing warnings or through the
propagation of good ideas for governments or the private sector. Moreover, the organic
movement spearheads development with countless impactful initiatives in real life in
all parts of the world. Organic agriculture is present in 170 countries on more than 80
million hectares and consumers purchase organic products for over 75 billion US$.
IFOAM – Organics International is proud to be partner and patron of the
ONE WORLD AWARD that highlights, every three years, people and communities that
impress and from which we all want to learn. And we want to encourage those who
guide us and oftentimes work under very difficult conditions to create an impact in the
This year’s awards once again are dedicated to extraordinary personalities and initiatives.
The Lifetime Achievement Award goes, for the first time to a couple, and for the
first time, to Africa. Sue Edwards and Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher have effectively
worked within their family and beyond with remote poor communities for instance in
Tigray/Ethiopia for the livelihood of women, men and children using organic agriculture
methods. They regenerated degraded and impoverished regions into flourishing biodiverse
and productive landscapes.
The Grand Prix goes to Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling and to the people of Sikkim.
For the first time, a state (the state of Sikkim of the Republic of India in the Himalayas)
has achieved the vision of 100% organic agriculture. The United World College – the
other Grand Prix winner – in Germany and in India reveals in an amazing way the potential
of education in the One World Award values. And also the winners from Azerbaijan,
Zimbabwe and Palestine are lighthouses for truly sustainable development in their parts
of the world.
IFOAM – Organics International warmly congratulates all the winners expressing at the
same time admiration and appreciation on behalf of the organic movement as well as
future generations living on this planet.
IFOAM – Organics International President