IFOAM: Solution Search Contest – Farming for Biodiversity

Do you have or know of a biodiversity-friendly solution that can reduce biodiversity loss, prevent soil degradation and feed a growing population?

Then we would like to hear about it!

Unsustainable agricultural practices remain one of the greatest threats to ecosystems and biodiversity. As the global population grows, so does the demand for food – requiring production increases and potentially even greater impacts on the environment. Widespread land use and agricultural practices must change to reduce these losses. Yet, behavior change in this field is often inhibited by lack of awareness of solutions and of biodiversity’s value for the agricultural sector.

Solution Search is designed to change that.

Submit your innovative solutions that, for example, increase the biodiversity of plants, animals, insects and more on the agricultural land itself. Tell us how you have promoted change in human activities (including your own practices) to ensure sustainable harvests/food security while also conserving, strengthening and/or restoring biodiversity on your agricultural lands and/or the surrounding environment.

Examples of potential entries include:

  • Organic farming methods that increase soil biodiversity (or other species)
  • Sustainable land use management that integrates the consideration of biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Alternative pest control practices that reduce toxic run-off into local water sources
  • Livestock control measures that protect local flora and fauna
  • Innovative approaches that reduce human-animal conflicts in agricultural zones

The grand prize winner will receive $30,000, and there will be four category prizes of $15,000.  There will be an early entrant prize of $5,000 to the best entry received by February 10, 2017.  All prize money must be used to further the winner’s solution and organization’s goals.  All finalists will win a trip to New York City to attend a capacity-building workshop and awards ceremony alongside some of the biggest names in conservation and development.

You can nominate an idea or submit your own before 10 March 2016.  (link is external)

On conclusion of the contest, Rare and IFOAM – Organics International will host a series of workshops to share the most promising approaches around the world. All entries will be considered for this workshop feature, which also involves the solution entrant being honored by traveling to help train other peer practitioners in the solution.
This contest runs in direct partnership with Rare and IFOAM – Organics International, with additional partners Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat, Save the Children, Blue Solutions, the Global Island Partnership, and Panorama, joining from across the globe.

Source: Newsletter IFOAM, 20.12.2016