Permaculture Magazine Prize 2020

Apr 30, 2020

£25,000 FOR WORLDWIDE PROJECTS TRANSFORMING LIVES

Permaculture Magazine is 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 help projects that are transforming their communities and regenerating habitats and support young innovators worldwide. The prizes will be judged by our prestigious panel of international judges.

The winners of both prizes will be announced in the pages of PM107, published 31st January 2021 and articles on these projects will be featured in following issues. 

Permaculture Magazine Prize

With one main award of £5,000 and four runners up of £2,500, this prize is open to any established permaculture project, even those who applied in previous years. (For full details on the Permaculture Magazine Prize, judges and application form, visit: https://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/2020-permaculture-magazine-prize)

Since the launch of the Permaculture Magazine Prize in 2018, the prize has received hundreds of applications from around the world and it has a privilege to highlight much of this wonderful regenerative 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. 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 AWR 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

Ghana Permaculture Institute (GPI) won in 2018 for its extraordinary work within the 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 Youth Prize has grown! In its third year, the Youth in Permaculture Prize, now £10,00, is open to anyone 25-years-old and under. The main award is £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, judges and application form, visit: https://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/2020-youth-permaculture-prize)

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