In Honour to Sue Edwards

We are deeply moved and sad about the death of Sue Edwards. In September 2017 we had the honor and the pleasure to acknowledge Sue Edwards and her husband Tewolde Berhan with the One World Lifetime Achievement Award for their extraordinary efforts for a better world. Now we learned that the One World Award ceremony was the last time that we saw Sue Edwards in person. Last week she passed away at the age of 75.

Sue Edwards held a doctorate in botany. In 1968 she went to Ethiopia in order to teach at the university. There she also met Tewolde Berhan whom she later married. Together they worked for biodiversity and supported peasants in their struggle for a decent livelihood. Sue encouraged and inspired thousands of people and she lived and shared with them her incredible expertise and knowledge about various aspects of sustainable life and organic cultivation.

Her death grieves us and is a great loss for all who knew her and for the entire organic movement. Her legacy is a sustainably inspired people around the world whose lives she touched in so many positive ways and in in whom she continues to live.
Thank you, dear Sue…

Presentation of the 5th One World Award
Festive gala for the winners from around the world

The audience experienced moving and emotional moments when the five winners of the 5th One World Award (OWA) were honored for their work on September 8, 2017 at Rapunzel Naturkost in Legau on occasion of the One World Festival.

The „encourager award“ is endowed with a total prize money of 45,000 Euro. The award is presented every three years by Rapunzel and IFOAM – Organics International to people and initiatives that have an outstanding impact on the international organic movement and its ideas.

Read more about the winners from India, Palestine, Azerbaijan, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Germany!

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One World Award – the encouragement award!

This encouragement award honours extraordinary people for their commitment and actions. The international laureates are activists or pioneers in areas of economy, ecology or social matters. Joseph Wilhelm, an organic food pioneer himself and founder of Rapunzel Naturkost initiated the One World Award in 2008.
.. and the winners are
Once again, the OWA jury faced difficult decisions in choosing the laureates from many excellent nominations from all over the world for the fifth edition of the OWA. After a meeting in the city of Bonn, in the IFOAM headquarters, the OWA jury announced the following laureates for the OWA 2017:
Palestine: Nasser Abufarha, pioneer of fair trade and the organic farming movement in the Middle East
Azerbaijan: Professor Amin Babayev, soil scientist and founding father of his country’s organic movement
India: His Excellency Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling and the organic movement of the Federal State of Sikkim
Zimbabwe: Shamiso Mungwashu, (young) organic and fair trade pioneer
Germany/India: United World Colleges (UWC) with its institutions in Freiburg/ Germany and Pune/India

„Each one of the five finalists meets all qualifications and deserves to become OWA winner" said Bernward Geier, award coordinator and chair of the OWA Jury after having visited the finalists.
The OWA Grand Prix
The OWA Jury members Nnimmo Bassey (Right Livelihood Award Laureate, Nigeria), Roberto Ugas (IFOAM Organics International, Peru), Vandana Shiva (Right Livelihood Award Laureate, India) and Joseph Wilhelm (Rapunzel Naturkost, Germany) also decided which finalist will receive the OWA GRAND PRIX along with 25,000 Euro prize money and the “Lady OWA” statue. Each of the other OWA winners will receive 5.000 Euro and an OWA medal. 

Lifetime Achievement Award – for a life’s work for sustainability

In addition to the OWA and the OWA Grand Prix, the OWA Lifetime Achievement Award will also be conferred. This award honors extraordinary pioneers and personalities who have worked for the advancement of the organic movement throughout their lives.

This year, the award will go for the first time to a married couple, to Sue Edwards and her husband Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher from Ethiopia. Markus Arbenz, Executive Director of IFOAM Organics International explained the selection: “Their whole lives, Tewolde and Sue effectively worked with remote, poor communities e.g. in Tigray/Ethiopia for the livelihood of women, men and children using organic agriculture methods. They turned degraded and impoverished regions into flourishing biodiverse and productive landscapes.”
The One World Festival at Rapunzel headquarters in Legau in Southern Germany on September 8, 2017 will be a festive and dignified context for the outstanding organic pioneers of our 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.  ...

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