Sikkim awarded Future Policy Award 2018 for organic farming policies

Gangtok, 12 Oct:

Sikkim has been awarded the Future Policy Award 2018 co-organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Future Council (WFC) and IFOAM – Organics International.

“Sikkim is this year’s winner of the “Oscar for best policies”, beating 51 nominated policies from 25 countries,” states a press release from FAO, WFC and IFOAM. The State won the Gold prize while policies from Brazil, Denmark and Quito (Ecuador) took home Silver prizes.

The release adds, “The policy implemented a phase out of chemical fertilisers and pesticides, and achieved a total ban on sale and use of chemical pesticides in the state.The transition has benefitted more than 66 000 farming families. The Sikkim tourism sector has benefitted greatly from the state’s transition to 100 percent organic: the number of tourists increased by over 50 percent between 2014 and 2017. As such, Sikkim sets an excellent example of how other Indian states and countries worldwide can successfully upscale agroecology. “

Winners of this year’s Future Policy Award will be celebrated in a ceremony on 15 Oct at FAO headquarters during the World Food Week in Rome. A live webcast is available at http://www.fao.org/webcast/home/en/item/4874/icode/and photos at:https://flic.kr/s/aHskKjojGW

The Future Policy Award 2018 is co-organised by the World Future Council, FAO and IFOAM – Organics International, with the support of Green Cross International, DO-IT – Dutch Organic International Trade and Sekem Group, Egypt.