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(Dipl. Ing. Agr. ETH)

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FiBL wins Expo Milano award

FiBL, with its partners from West Africa, received the award as one of 18 winners of the international call for "Best Sustainable Development Practices on Food Security” (BSDP) of Milano Expo 2015 on July 16th.

Award ceremony in Milano. The Syprobio project was represented by Rémy Dabire, Gian Nicolay and Loukas Cissé (from left to right). Photo: R.Tanzer

(August 11, 2015) 

The project Syprobio, which aims to improve farmers' income and food security in diversified organic production systems in West-Africa, has been selected as contributing to improve West African farming systems, farmer-researcher networks and North-South partnerships to transform West African agriculture and society towards sustainability, justice and wealth.

This project was competing in the category "socio-economic dynamics and global markets" and was classified the second best. The International Call for Best Sustainable Practices on Food Security (BSDPs) has been addressed to initiatives carried out in different parts of the world, focused on policies, technologies, know-how, services and products related to the theme of Expo Milano 2015 "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life".

The aim of this call was to raise awareness, collect and share experiences that have produced ameliorative effects, compared to the previous conditions, in their specific area. Moreover, BSDPs at Expo Milano 2015 are a window to stimulate a long-term effort to improve food security.

The "Feeding Knowledge Programme" supported Expo Milano 2015 in collecting the 749 best practices. Feeding Knowledge is the Expo 2015 program for cooperation in research and innovation on food security thus contributing to the implmentation to the Expo claim "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life."

Loukas Cissé, the president of the largest organic farmer organization in Mali and partner of Syprobio Mobiom; the Syprobio field coordinator Rémy Dabire, based in Sikasso (Mali); and project director Gian Nicolay of FiBL were present in Milano and received the award there. At the event, the Syprobio approach was presented in more detail (for more information see YouTube video).

Syprobio project partners are now encouraged to submit a proposal for the follow-up of the successful experience and project, which ends in December 2015.

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Gian Nicolay, FiBL Switzerland