On 5 February 2015, the jury of the Hivos Social Innovation Award 2014 – a campaign implemented by Hivos, an international organization that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues – announced the winners at an inspiring event in Amsterdam. One of the SATNET Associates – Friends In Village Development Bangladesh (FIVDB) – was among the finalists that took centre stage and presented Organic Sack Gardening. This innovation, that allows growing vegetables cheaply and on small land, has been selected as the best project in the scaling up category. According to the jury, this innovation has the potential to make the megacity of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, a greener and healthier place to live.
Spread over about 72,971 km, the northern Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Region of Pakistan is characterized by its mountainous terrain and remoteness. Unemployment is one of the key causes of poverty of its 1.4 million people that largely depend on agriculture. Increasing commercialization of local products, such as fruits, vegetables and cereals in the recent years, provides important employment opportunities for the region’s indigenous people. To develop such opportunities, Star Farm Pakistan has implemented a project titled ‘Capacity Building of Entrepreneurs of GB’ financed by USAID.
Founded in Gujarat State of India, the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) is a member-based organization of about 1.9 million poor women workers from the informal sector of the Indian economy. Two thirds of its members come from rural areas and depend on agriculture and animal husbandry for their livelihoods. SEWA is helping them become self-reliant by addressing the many social and economic constraints these women have to face when it comes to employment. Through its campaigns, SEWA is developing activities that strengthen women’s bargaining power and offer alternatives for their livelihoods.
For more than a decade, the Food Security Working Group (FSWG) has been leading a network of local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations and individuals, who are concerned about improving food security in Myanmar.
Global G.A.P. is an independent certification system for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) made up of interlinking mechanisms that ensure the proper development, implementation, improvement, integrity, transparency and harmonization of food safety standards and procedures. The scope of Global G.A.P. includes food safety, environmental protection and farm staff and animal welfare.