16 Oct 2018 Press release Green economy

Forward-looking UN Environment initiative on food security honoured with Future Policy Award

  • UN Environment’s TEEBAgriFood initiative has been recognized with a 2018 Future Policy Award.
  • The initiative helps decision-makers to compare policies and markets to value food more accurately.
  • World Food Day is celebrated each year on 16 October.

Nairobi, 16 October 2018 – As communities around the globe mark World Food Day, the 2018 Future Policy Award has recognized UN Environment for their comprehensive evaluation framework for food systems that helps decision-makers get a better understanding of the impacts and external factors influencing agriculture and food value chains.

The Future Policy Award 2018 awarded “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity” AgriFood Initiative (TEEBAgriFood)” with an award in their Vision category, for their work in capturing the complex reality of today’s diverse and intertwined food value chains, transforming agriculture and food systems around the world.

“By scaling up agro-ecology, it is possible to tackle malnutrition, social injustice, climate change, and loss of biodiversity,” said Alexandra Wandel, Director of the World Future Council. “Through effective, holistic policymaking, we can transform our food systems so that they respect people and planet.

The Future Policy Award are co-organised by the World Future Council, the Food and Agriculture Organization and Organics International, with the support of Green Cross International, Dutch Organic International Trade, Sekem Group, Egypt and EcorNaturaSi, Italy.\

NOTES TO EDITORS
 

About UN Environment:

UN Environment is the leading global voice on the environment. It provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. UN Environment works with governments, the private sector, civil society and with other UN entities and international organizations across the world.

About the Future Policy Award

The Future Policy Award is the only award which honours policies on an international level. Each year, the World Future Council chooses a topic for the Future Policy Award on which policy progress is particularly urgent. In partnership with FAO and IFOAM – Organics International, the 2018 Future Policy Award will highlight 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. 

For media inquiries, please contact:

Keith Weller, Head of News and Media, UN Environment. keith.weller[at]un.org

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