In Sikkim, India, all farmland is certified organic.
Photo: © Sikkim Agriculture Department


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The 2018 Future Policy Award, granted by the World Future Council, highlights policies that scale up agroecology to contribute to the protection of life and livelihoods of small-scale food producers, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement climate-resilient agricultural practices.

In October 2018, the World Future Council (WFC) took a look at the best policies on agroecology and sustainable food systems. The most outstanding projects were honoured with the Future Policy Award. 

This year’s winner was the “100% organic state” Sikkim, in India (Rural 21 reported on this in issue 2/2016), beating 51 nominated policies from 25 countries. Policies from Brazil, Denmark and Quito (Ecuador) took home Silver Awards.
Sikkim is the first organic state in the world. All of its farmland is certified organic. At the same time, Sikkim’s approach reaches beyond organic production and has proven truly transformational for the state and its citizens. Embedded in its design are socioeconomic aspects such as consumption and market expansion, cultural aspects as well as health, education, rural development and sustainable tourism.
The policy implemented a phase-out of chemical fertilisers and pesticides, and achieved a total ban on the sale and use of chemical pesticides in the state.

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