Permaculture Magazine are thrilled to announce the third year of the Permaculture Magazine Prize.
With a prize fund of £25,000 between the Permaculture Magazine Prize and the Youth in Permaculture Prize, its aim is to directly help transform communities and regenerate habitats and it will be judged by a prestigious panel of international judges.
The winners of both prizes will be announced in the pages of PM107, published 31st January 2020 and articles on the projects will be featured in following issues.
Permaculture Magazine Prize
This prize will consist of one main award of £5,000 and four runners up of £2,500. It is open to any permaculture project, even those who applied in previous years. (For full details on the Permaculture Magazine Prize and how to apply visit here: https://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/2020-permaculture-magazine-prize)
Since the launch of the Permaculture Magazine Prize in 2018 the prize has received over 250 applications from around the world and it has been heartening to read about this wonderful work.
African Women Rising took the main £10,000 award in 2019 for its work in Palabek Refugee Camp, North Uganda, creating innovative, long-term solutions to help solve the food security problems. The monthly food aid rations from the United Nations World Food Program often run out. African Women Rising have used permaculture design techniques to teach the permagarden method, giving refugees access to diverse and nutritious food, helping to meet the short-term food needs of the refugees, and build their long-term resilience. (Read more about them in Permaculture Magazine issue 102.)
“With more displacement and uncertainty in the world than ever before, I feel that African Women Rising demonstrates practical regenerative and permaculture solutions right to the front line between life and death that could benefit millions of refugees. It’s an organization of Hope. Most global conflicts begin over loss of land, food shortages, climate change. AWR’s organization and work I believe could be a beacon for the global humanitarian development network at large. I’ve worked in international development for years and AWR is actually trying to scale up regenerative programs built on the permaculture design framework and agroecological practices. I believe AWR could help to innovate and elevate the permaculture concept into new areas of our global society. We need BIG ideas, and Big Change, NOW!” Anthony Rodale, 2019 Permaculture Magazine Prize Judge
The 2018 winner, Ghana Permaculture Institute, received the £10,000 award for its extraordinary work with its farming community and beyond. GPI have to date trained 8,000 farmers in a range of skills including beekeeping, how to set up indigenous tree nurseries and food forests. They have established a micro-credit system for the community and go into schools to teach children how to grow food and farm mushrooms for added income. They teach permaculture design and especially train women in backyard farming.
“For us, this is not only an opportunity, but also a challenge to expand our network growth and to implement more sustainable projects that focus on empowering local communities through permaculture,” says Paul Yeboah from GPI.
Youth in Permaculture Prize
The £10,000 Youth in Permaculture Prize, now in its third year, is open to anyone aged under 25 years of age. We are delighted to have the main award at £5,000 with two runners up winning £2,500.
The 2019 first place winner was Mohamed Qasim Lessani, of Afghanistan. Qasim believes “... education can heal the injured mindset of people who believe nothing can change Afghanistan.” After completing a Permaculture Design Course with Australian teacher Rosemary Morrow (who brings permaculture to many war-torn countries and refugee camps), Qasim is applying permaculture design to transform schools into models for basic human security, including food, water and energy – even in areas of extreme poverty, violence and war.
Millicent Anyango, 24, won the Youth in Permaculture Prize 2018 due to her leadership, selfless dedication, and innovative use of permaculture. The award will be used to buy teaching materials and cooking equipment for the orphanage and street feeding programs. She will also employ more help for the gardens, Tabasamu children’s home, and the feeding programs. Millicent looks to continue her education in order to help teach more people ways to better their life through permaculture and food security.
(For full details on the Youth in Permaculture Prize and how to apply visit here: https://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/2020-youth-permaculture-prize)
For full details on 2019 winners visit: Permaculture Magazine celebrates climate change solutions
For full details on 2018 winners visit: £25,000 Permaculture Magazine Prize Announces Winners