The “100% organic state” Sikkim, in India, is the 2018 Gold Winner of the Future Policy Award (FPA) beating 51 nominated policies from 25 countries. Policies from Brazil, Denmark, and Quito (Ecuador) took home Silver Awards.

Located in northeast India, bordered by Bhutan, Tibet, and Nepal, nestled in the majestic Himalayas, Sikkim has been declared the first organic state in the world since 2016. It is one of India’s least populated regions and home to glaciers, alpine meadows, and a rich biodiversity. Beyond organic production to protect the soil and water, the policies implemented at Sikkim have brought social and economic benefits such as a sustainable tourism.

The policies included a phase-out of synthetic fertilizers and achieved a total ban on the sale and use of chemical pesticides in the state. Over 66 000 farming families follow organic methods and tourism has increased more than 50 percent between 2014 and 2017. Sikkim sets an excellent example of how other Indian states and countries worldwide can successfully upscale agroecology.

Three Silver Awards were granted to:

The Vision Award went to TEEBAgriFood, an initiative of “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity” (TEEB) by UN Environment. TEEBAgriFood has developed a comprehensive evaluation framework for food systems that help decision-makers to compare different policies and the market to value food more accurately.

The three Honourable Mentions of the Future Policy Award, this year go to the Good Food Purchasing Policy of Los Angeles, USA (2012), to the Agriculture Development Programme of Ndiob, Senegal (2017) and to the From Arms to Farms Programme of Kauswagan, the Philippines (2011).

Winners of this year’s Future Policy Award celebrated in a ceremony on 15 October 2018 at FAO headquarters in Rome, part of the World Food Day agenda. 

About the Future Policy Award

The Future Policy Award is the only award which honors 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.

This year’s award is co-organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Future Council (WFC), and IFOAM – Organics International.