- The women sangams (groups) of the Deccan Development Society, an agro-based NGO have been awarded the United Nation’s Equator Prize for 2019. They are one of the 20 recipients of the 2019 Equator Prize.
- They have been selected for standing as ‘an outstanding example of a local, nature-based solution to climate change and sustainable development.’ The women farmers have built their own seed banks and grow millets in the predominantly rain-fed villages of Sangareddy district, Telangana.
- The Equator Prize, organized by the Equator Initiative within the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is awarded biennially. It recognizes outstanding community efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
- Equator Prize winners are selected by an independent Technical Advisory Committee. It assesses nominations based on a) measurable and positive environmental, social and economic impacts, b) innovation, c) Scalability and/or replicability, d) Resilience, Adaptability, and Self-Sufficiency, e) Social inclusion and e) Gender equality.
- The Equator Initiative is a partnership that brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.
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