Congratulations to SERVIR-Amazonia partner Imaflora for receiving the first International Innovation Award for Sustainable Food and Agriculture awarded by FAO and the Federal Government of Switzerland.

The top prize, which recognizes innovations that apply to more than one level of the supply chain from farmers to consumers, has been shared by Imaflora in Brazil and Practical Action in Bangladesh.

Johann Schneider-Ammann, former Federal Councilor of Switzerland’s Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, who initially launched the prize, emphasized that “agricultural innovation is a central driving force that can significantly contribute to transforming food systems by helping family farmers and ensuring food security and sustainable diets.”

Imaflora is commended for successfully linking indigenous groups to markets through a digital platform and creation of the Origens Brasil brand. Imaflora has developed a sustainable practice that fosters the protection of natural resources and the Amazon, and values the participation of women and youth. Launched in 2016, it already has more than 1,500 producers, 14 companies and 40 local organizations.

Read the full FAO article and watch the video.

Read the news in Portuguese on the Imaflora Blog.