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The Award`s participating initiatives must be good practices and technologies already implemented. They must be effective in resolving issues related to the rural area, especially of small local farmers.
In addition, they must be related with at least one of the categories below:
Innovative initiatives that relieve or prevent climate crisis effects in rural areas, such as droughts, storms and floods. For example, they can be initiatives that focus on natural resources management, risk systems expansion, pasture management, erosion control, greenhouse emissions reduction, among others.
Initiatives that uses IT solutions or software or/and hardware (such as electronic devices, artificial intelligence, applications of all kinds, telecommunications networks, etc.) to promote positive and sustainable impact on the rural area and its needs.
Preservation initiatives fighting natural damage, loss or waste. They can be initiatives that manages and uses natural resources in a sustainable way, looking for optimal levels of performance and preservation of biological diversity, natural ecosystems, flora, fauna and microorganisms.
It includes initiatives that offer and / or promote greater or better access to educational products and services for the rural area, in all its modalities (formal, non-formal), levels (early childhood, primary, secondary, higher education) and types.
Initiatives that promote greater and better access to financial institutions, either for people or companies. They must foster services and products use and/or promote offer’s quality and variety within rural areas. This category can also include the creation and supply of financial products and services towards the rural needs and reality.
Initiatives that promote and / or guarantee the right of rural populations to regular and permanent access to high-quality food, in sufficient quantity, without compromising access to other essential needs. They must be based on food practices that promote health, that respect cultural diversity and that are environmentally, culturally, economically and socially sustainable.
Initiatives that promote or offer financial return opportunities for its beneficiaries. They must provide conditions for a more dignified life, by fostering financial autonomy through income increase.
Initiatives towards economic, social and environmental sustainability. They must use natural assets and provide solutions to their or others needs without harming the natural environment, guaranteeing its use to future generations. To be sustainable, an action or project must cover the main pillars of sustainability: be economically viable; socially fair; ecologically correct; and culturally diversified.
We also have a Featured Category that will award one of the already participating initiatives within the Technical Categories:
Initiatives that generate impact in terms of empowerment and / or inclusion of vulnerable, minority and / or excluded groups, such as women, Afro-descendants, indigenous people, LGBT, refugees, people with disabilities and people living with HIV / AIDS and others.
Important to note that initiatives created and led by people belonging to these groups will have an advantage over the others.
Registrations ended on March 15. Stay tuned to our social media to learn more about the winning initiatives of each category.