$30K Grand Prize

Farming for Biodiversity

Tallying Votes
Winners Announced
Solution Search Farming for Biodiversity

Congratulations to our ten finalists and to our winners! 

People's Choice: Apis Agribusiness (Ethiopia)

Judges' Choice: National Disaster Risk Reduction Centre (Nepal)

Biodiversity Impact: Fundación Ecotop (Bolivia)

Community & Social Impact: Fairventures Worldwide (Indonesia)

Food Security & Nutrition Impact: Desarrollo Alternativo e Investigación A.C. (Mexico)

Water Impact: The Mountain Institute (Peru) 

Unsustainable agricultural practices remain one of the greatest threats to ecosystems and biodiversity. As the global population grows, so too does the demand for food – requiring production increases and potentially even greater impacts on the environment. Widespread land use and agricultural practices must change to reduce these losses. Yet, behavior change in this field is often inhibited by lack of awareness of solutions and of biodiversity’s value for the agricultural sector. 

Solution Search is designed to change that. Some innovative solutions have recently emerged that bring farming in harmony with the natural environments that surround. Some have increased the biodiversity of plants, animals, insects and more on the agricultural land itself. This contest seeks to identify, reward and spotlight those successful approaches. In doing so, Solution Search will also increase awareness of biodiversity, its value and the many ways to conserve and sustainability use/manage it. 

We want you to tell us: How have you promoted changes in human activities (including your own practices) to ensure sustainable harvests/food security while also conserving, strengthening and/or restoring biodiversity on your agricultural lands and/or the surrounding environment?

Examples of potential entries include:

  • Sustainable land use management that integrates the consideration of biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Alternative pest control practices that reduce toxic run-off into local water sources
  • Organic farming methods that increase soil biodiversity (or other species)
  • Livestock control measures that protect local flora and fauna
  • Innovative approaches that reduce human-animal conflicts in agricultural zones

This Solution Search focuses on behavior changes in agriculture that are primed for broad adoption, not simply those concepts identified in a scientific lab nor those that do not have holistic benefits (farmer, community, nature, water, climate resilience, etc.). 

Top 10 Finalists

Manor House Agricultural Centre
Fundación Ecotop
A Growing Culture
Sustainable Income Generating Investment Group (SINGI)
Fairventures Worldwide
Desarrollo Alternativo e Investigación A.C
CanopyBridge- EcoDecision
National Disaster Risk Reduction Center Nepal (NDRC Nepal)
Apis Agribusiness
The Mountain Institute (Peru)


Jason Clay photo
Jason Clay
Senior Vice President for Markets and Food, World Wildlife Fund
Juan Pablo Bonilla
Juan Pablo Bonilla
Sector Manager, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Inter-American Development Bank
Sarah Hayes Photo
Sarah Hayes
Senior Material Research & Innovation Manager, Patagonia Inc.


Trip to Workshop and Awards Ceremony
Attend a capacity-building workshop and awards ceremony in Bonn, Germany with some of the biggest names in conservation and development
Early Entrant Prize
Awarded to the best entry received by February 10, 2017
Grand Prize
Awarded to the Judges' Choice (selected by our panel) and People's Choice (recipient of most votes)
Category Prizes
Four prizes awarded in the following categories: Social/Community Impact, Biodiversity Impact, Food Security/Nutrition Impact and Water Impact.

View Entrants

Organization: SRI International Network and Resources Center (SRI-Rice)
Country: United States
Organization: Afghanistan Agriculture Expert Association(AAEA)
Country: Afghanistan
Organization: Kolegas da Paz
Country: Timor-Leste
Organization: Asociación Campesina del Valledel río Cimitarra Red Agroecológica Nacional (ACVC-RAN)
Country: Colombia
Organization: 云南世博元阳哈尼梯田文化旅游开发有限责任公司
Country: China
Organization: The Soft Foot Alliance
Country: Zimbabwe
Organization: Haliburton Community Organic Farm Society
Country: Canada
Organization: Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT): Operation-Oxpecker
Country: South Africa
Organization: Local Land Services Western Region
Country: Australia
Organization: Nut Farm SA
Country: Mexico
Organization: National Disaster Risk Reduction Center Nepal (NDRC Nepal)
Country: Nepal
Organization: Cuenca Los Ojos
Country: United States
Organization: Multi dimensional Resource Centre Nepal (MRC/Nepal)
Country: Nepal
Organization: Maya Mountain Research Farm
Country: Belize
Organization: Rainforest Alliance
Country: Sri Lanka
Organization: Locmaria Farms Pty Ltd
Country: Australia


Contest Requirements

All entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Context Analysis: Clear description of the challenges and of the context in which it operates and the challenges it faces.
  • Solution: Solution is fully developed, addresses contest question and implemented at some scale.
  • Actions: Clear, concrete steps in implementation. Engaged key partners and stakeholders along the way. Entrant understands how actions could connect to external initiatives as well.  
  • Results: Strong results associated with biodiversity conservation and of other co-benefits, such as economic, food security/nutrition, water, and/or climate.
  • Sustainability: Economically sustainable solution
  • Return on investment: Positive return (financial, social, or other) associated with investment in the solution
  • Replicability: Extent to which the solution is could be replicated by other communities

 Solution Search is open to all organizations who have a proven solution in biodiversity-friendly agricultural practices. While we celebrate innovation by individuals, they are not eligible. Entries will be considered that comply with the following:

  • Applications must be submitted by March 10, 2017, 5:00 p.m. ET.
  • If selected as the winner, applicant must agree to use the prize money to further the solution and organization’s goals.
  • If selected as the winner, applicant must agree to comply with all national and international laws governing the transfer of any prizes, monetary or otherwise, across national and international boundaries.
  • Agree to all terms of submission as described in the Terms and Conditions.

Contest Partners

Blue Solutions logo
Convention on Biological Diversity
EcoAgriculture Partners Logo
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety logo
iFOAM Organics Logo
Panorama logo
Patagonia logo
Save the Children logo