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Sikkim awarded FAO's Future Policy Gold Award

Sikkim was awarded UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) Future Policy Gold Award (Gold Prize) for its achievement in becoming the world's first totally organic agriculture state.
Sikkim awarded FAO's Future Policy Gold Award
  • Sikkim beat out 51 other nominees from around the world for the award.

About the Future Policy Gold Award:

  • The prize honours exceptional policies adopted by political leaders who have decided to act, no longer accepting widespread hunger, poverty or environmental degradation. 
  • This award is nicknamed the "Oscar for best policies".
  • Previously it was honoured for policies combating desertification, violence against women and girls, nuclear weapons and pollution of the oceans.
  • This year's awar wasd based on central focus of agroecology policies and was co-organised by FAO, World Future Council (WFC) and IFOAM – Organics International.
  • Agroecology has the potential to increase farmers' earnings and make farms more resilient to climate change as erratic rainfall and extended dry periods hamper food production.

Interesting to know:

  • Sikkim is the first organic state in the world and all farmlands in the state are certified organic.
  • State's policy approach reaches beyond organic production and has proven transformational for its citizens.
  • It primarily focuses on socioeconomic aspects such as consumption and market expansion, cultural aspects as well as health, education, rural development and sustainable tourism.
  • The policy implemented by the state, of organic farming has phased out chemical fertilisers and pesticides, and achieved a total ban on sale and use of chemical pesticides in the state.
  • The transition has benefitted more than 66000 farming families in the state.
  • Transition to 100% organic state has also greatly benefited its tourism sector the numbers of tourists have increased by over 50% between 2014 and 2017.
  • With this Sikkim has set an excellent example for other Indian states and countries worldwide to successfully upscale agroecology.

About Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):

  • It is a specialised agency of UN that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. 
  • Its parent organization is UN Economic and Social Council (UNESC).
  • It was established on 16 October 1945 and its headquarters are in Rome.
  • It has 194 member states, along with European Union (member organization).

Question:

Q. Which Indian state was awarded UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) Future Policy Gold Award (Gold Prize) for its achievement in becoming the world's first totally organic agriculture state?
a. Kerela
b. Sikkim
c. Manipur
d. Karnataka
Sikkim awarded FAO's Future Policy Gold Award Sikkim awarded FAO's Future Policy Gold Award Reviewed by Inderjeet Virdi on October 15, 2018 Rating: 5

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