Sikkim is now the world’s first 100 per cent organic state. Find out how this tiny northeastern state beat top global cities to win the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Future Policy Award 2018. By Nitya Malik
“Sikkim is an outstanding example on how to successfully transform the food system and ensure respect for people and planet,” said UN Food and Agriculture Organisation Deputy Director Maria Helena Semedo as she awarded Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling with the UN FAO Future Policy Gold Award.
Sikkim beat 51 nominees from around the world to win the top award. The Silver award was shared by Brazil, Denmark and Quito in Ecuador.
“Let us build an organic world together… An organic world is definitely achievable. I also appeal to the world community that we do not carry out any kid of development work and business at the cost of the environment,” CM Chamling said, after accepting the award.
Sikkim’s organic farming has benefited over 66,000 family farmers, reaching beyond just organic production to include socioeconomic aspects such as consumption and market expansion, rural develoment and sustainable tourism with its comprehensive and inclusive approach. “My message is a chemical-free world. If we want to protect the planet we have to go for chemical-free farming,” said Semedo.
The award ecognises the world’s best laws and policies promoting agroecology, and is nicknamed ‘Oscar for best policies’.