Enterprise Brief: Food & Trees for Africa

Published: 24 August 2010
Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA) is a social enterprise that is implementing sustainable natural resource management and food security programmes. FTFA has distributed over 3.6 million trees and facilitated the creation of over 2500 organic food gardens for the poorest in South Africa. Read more
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Enterprise Profile: High-value Syrup from 'Prekese' Fruits for Community Livelihood Empowerment

Published: 24 August 2010
Relying on local raw materials, this initiative promotes the sustainable cultivation and harvesting of Prekese fruits in rural communities, allowing income to be generated over the whole life cycle of the tree. Read more
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SEED Annual Report 2010

Published: 23 August 2010
The SEED Annual Report 2010 covers SEED’s progress and developments in 2010, as well as information on the SEED Award Winners and SEED Gold Winners from 2009: how SEED helps its winners to establish scale up; and tools developed by SEED for social and environmental entrepreneurs. Read more
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SEED Winners book success with the help of the Small Grants Programme

Published: 01 July 2010
The GEF (Global Environmental Facility) Small Grants programme (SGP), implemented by UNDP, has recently granted the women's group 'Solar Women of Totogalpa', a partner in the 2008 SEED winning initiative 'Lighting up Hope and Communities', funding for the construction of their solar restaurant. Read more
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New Partnerships for 2007 SEED Winner “Nueva Vida”

Published: 01 July 2010
Since they received the 2007 SEED award, “Nueva Vida” (New Life), based in the Ecuadorian Andes, has been able to make progress through new partnerships. Read more
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2009 SEED winner from the Cook Islands expands to Africa and Asia

Published: 03 June 2010
The initiative 'Innovative oyster, fish and algae aqua-farming' in the Cook Islands was one of the 2009 SEED Winners. The initiative co-farms fish with shellfish and micro-algae in inland ponds, drawing on the tropical climate, natural nutrient cycles and new harvesting technologies. It will now expand to Nigeria and Pakistan. Read more
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Coming to a Supermarket Near You

Published: 26 May 2010
From only a vision and informal association of diverse partners, the SRI Global Marketing Partnership (System of Rice Intensification), one of the 2005 SEED award winners, has become the catalyst for an international enterprise spanning several countries and exporting many tons of certified organic and fair trade rice grown by small farm families. SRI-produced specialty rice is now available in retail stores. Read more
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SEED 2009 Gold Winners move on

Published: 02 March 2010
Over the last few months the SEED Secretariat has attended all the award ceremonies and conducted workshops for each of the 2009 SEED Gold Winners. Read more
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2008 SEED Winner Pintadas Solar in Brazil has a new video

Published: 13 October 2009
The initiative sets out to help small farmers communities to adapt to climate change, improve local food security, mitigate their own carbon emissions, and reduce poverty by increasing income and creating local employment opportunities. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: Eco-Amazon Piabas of Rio Negro

Published: 24 August 2009
The project aims to safeguard traditional ornamental fisheries in the Amazon in a sustainable way by stimulating a niche market. Through a socially and environmentally responsible fishery cooperative and traders, the initiative introduces a fair trade system for rural communities. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: Innovative oyster, fish and algae aqua-farming

Published: 24 August 2009
Since 2006, the tropical multi-species aqua-farm has contributed to food security by providing sustainable supplies of organic oysters, milkfish and tilapia. More recently, they also cultivate micro-algae as livestock feed for fish. The initiative furthermore creates a local source of income and employment. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: KAITE - Zimbabwe's bridge to the world

Published: 24 August 2009
Since 2007, KAITE has been training small-scale farmers to produce, process, and certify organic essential oils, herbs and spices. The 30 employees at KAITE then connect the 500 cooperating partner farmers to international fair trade markets. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: KOLCAFÉ

Published: 24 August 2009
KOLCAFÉ, initiated in 2009, aims to increase coffee yields 3 to 5 times through improved agronomic practices. It will maximise the added-value at village level through loan-financed infrastructure development. Selling directly to the international market will also improve prices. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: Sustainable Shrimp Farming in the Gulf of Morrosquillo

Published: 24 August 2009
The initiative, established in 2006, farms and harvests shrimps by utilising a unique ecological production process. Fishermen are trained in shrimp farming which provides an alternative to marine exploitation. It also demonstrates to the worldwide shrimp industry that sustainable production is possible and economically viable. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: The Sustainable Use of Amazonian Seeds

Published: 24 August 2009
The partnership, consisting of 26 employees, has fostered environmental conservation and social development since 2007. This is achieved by transferring technologies and by training the local community in Amazonian seeds. Read more
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Winners of 2009 SEED Awards Announced

Published: 12 May 2009
The winners of the 2009 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development were announced today at a high level award ceremony and reception. Twenty local initiatives from across the developing world received this year's award. Together, the winners cover a diverse range of promising business models that will tackle poverty and environmental stewardship in areas such as water and waste management, sustainable energy, recycling, and fish farming. Read more
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SEED Award Events in Salvador Recognise 2008 Brazilian Winner

Published: 28 November 2008
To celebrate the 2008 SEED Award Winner in Brazil, Pintadas Solar, a community-led partnership for water-efficient crop irrigation and bio-fuel production, SEED and the partnership held a series of events, including an awards ceremony at the Goethe Institute in Salvador, Bahia State, bilateral meetings, a site visit and a capacity building workshop. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: Guiding Hope - Upscaling Fair Trade Honey and Wax Marketing

Published: 23 August 2008
Guiding Hope has won one of five 2008 SEED Awards for its work to establish an environmentally and socially responsible, fair-yet-profitable trade in apiculture products. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: Pintadas Solar

Published: 23 August 2008
Pintadas Solar has won one of five 2008 SEED Awards for its work to help small farmers communities to adapt to climate change, improve local food security, mitigate their own carbon emissions, and reduce poverty by increasing income and creating local employment opportunities. Read more
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Making sustainable development happen: SEED announces its 2008 Award Winners

Published: 21 August 2008
Pintadas Solar in Brasil is one of the five highly resourceful and innovative local entrepreneurial partnerships today celebrated as the SEED Initiative announced its 2008 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development. Read more
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Further Success for SEED Winners: T'ikapapa wins the World Challenge 2007, with Bridging the Gap selected as a finalist

Published: 18 December 2007
T'ikapapa, based in Peru, beat nearly 1000 other projects from around the world to win World Challenge 2007. Read more
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South Africa hosts worlds' new breed of entrepreneurs - environmental entrepreneurs

Published: 15 October 2007
The Winners of the 2007 SEED Awards arrived in Pretoria on Saturday, 13 October for the Annual Partnership Forum and a two day workshop Read more
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Partnerships from Five Nations Receive “2007 SEED AWARDS” for Innovation in Local Sustainable Development

Published: 30 May 2007
Seed Awards 2007 recognize, support and encourage the delivery of innovative, local, partnership-based solutions to global challenges of environmental stewardship and poverty eradication. Read more
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Davos: UNEP Executive Director announces finalists for 2007 SEED Awards

Authors: UNEP Source: UN News
Entrepreneurs promoting a range of businesses – from community-based tourism in Brazil to Vietnamese bringing medicinal plants to the international market – are among 10 finalists announced today by the head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for a key sustainable development award. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: A Global Marketing Partnership for SRI Indigenous Rice

Published: 22 August 2005
Farming communities, a research institute, NGOs, and businesses collaborate to market indigenous varieties of rice grown with SRI (System of Rice Intensification) methods, thereby improving incomes, conserving biodiversity, and benefiting health and the environment. Read more
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