Award Winning Projects
  • James A. Waight Conservation Award – Belize
  • Tourism Lifetime Achievement Award – Belize
  • Rural Women that Produce a Sustainable Brazil – Brazil
  • ATABEY – Dominican Republic (SGP won 4 awards for different projects)
  • Wolfgam Newman Energy Globe National Award – Gambia
  • International Road Federation InARoad Awards, 2nd place – Ghana
  • UN Habitat/Dubai International Best Practice Award – Ghana
  • Best Entrepreneur Award – India
  • Plant Genome Savior Farmers’ Recognition Award – India
  • Goldman Environmental Prize – Indonesia
  • Kalpataru Awards – Indonesia
  • Female Food Heroes Indonesia – Indonesia
  • Green Africa Award – Mauritius
  • Global Leadership Award – South Africa
  • The Mitchel Batisse Award – South Africa
  • The Whitley Gold Award – Turkey (SGP won 2 awards for different projects)
  • Whitley Fund for Nature Awards – Belize
  • Ministry of Agriculture Renewable Natural Resources – Bhutan
  • Equator Prize – June, Brazil
  • Green China Persons of the Year – June, China
  • Botanic Garden Conservation International (BGCI) – China
  • Clean Production Award – Dominican Republic
  • National Public Welfare Figure Prize of Water Conservation – China
  • 2012 Model of Transparency – December, China
  • Brugal Cree En Su Gente – Dominican Republic (SGP won 2 awards for different projects)
  • Equator Award -Gambia
  • Samsung Generations for Peace Award – Ghana
  • Annual Plant Genome Saviour Community Award 2010-11 – India
  • Women and the Green Economy (WAGE) Earth Day Network Award - India (SGP won 4 awards for different projects)
  • National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) Prize – India
  • Sitaram Rao Case Study Competition, 2nd Prize – India
  • Sujagrati Social Welfare Society – India
  • Talented Conservator Award – India
  • Veera Rani Kittur Chenamma (Govt of India-Karnataka State Award) – India
  • Coastal Award 2012 – Indonesia
  • CARDI/CTAMEDIA Awards on Climate Change Reporting – Jamaica
  • Jamaica Environmental Action Awards – Jamaica
  • Best Performing Herders Association- Lesotho
  • Equator Prize – Madagascar
  • Recognition for Mainstreaming Climate Change – Mauritius
  • Equator Prize – Micronesia
  • Order of the Polar Star by the President of Mongolia – Mongolia
  • Momentum for Change Award – Namibia
  • Design-S Award – Namibia
  • Curator’s Choice Award – Namibia
  • Red Dot Best of the Best Design Award – Namibia
  • International Forum Product Design Gold Award – Namibia
  • Devi Annapurna Award – Nepal
  • National Tree Festival Prize – Niger
  • Community Peace Building Award – September, Nigeria
  • Finalist of the International Economic Forum of the Americas – Panama
  • Doral International Award – Peru
  • Energy Globe National Award of Romania – Romania
  • Equator Prize – Senegal
  • Gypsy Spirit Award – October, Slovak Republic
  • Best Research Award of Thailand Research Fund – Thailand
  • Water Resources Management by Communities Award from the Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute – Thailand
  • EquatorPrize – Togo

To see the complete list please click here. Below you will find a list of case studies of the SGP projects that have won the Equator Prize.


FrutaSã has its roots in a scoping study of the Brazilian Cerrado eco-region conducted in the 1990s to determine socioeconomic challenges facing smallholder farmers and indigenous communities. Alongside mounting environmental threats to the region, exacerbated by the economic marginalization of the rural communities and subsequent over-exploitation of local resources, these findings inspired the 'Fruits of the Cerrado' project, which eventually became FrutaSã Industry, Trade and Export Ltd.

This eco-enterprise creates income for small-holder farmers through the sustainable extraction, marketing and sale of non-timber forest products, particularly native fruit pulp. The organization is half owned by a private partner, and half by the Centre for Indigenous Work, on behalf of indigenous communities. The initiative has successfully combined locally-abundant fruit varieties, traditional knowledge of their cultivation, and modern processing and storage techniques.

Country: Brazil  

Filesize: 3.25 MB

With the aim of preserving seed diversity and genetic heritage, encouraging the adoption of organic farming practices, and improving rural livelihoods, GREEN Foundation works through around 40 farmers' groups – termed Krishi Self-Help Groups – covering 30 villages across the northern districts of Karnataka, comprising a target population of almost 5,000 farmers, with a particular focus on women and indigenous peoples. All groups are members of a farmers' federation, Janadhanya. Beginning in 1994 with just a handful of farmers, the association now
comprises 650 members.

GREEN staff oversee agricultural trainings through outreach services and conservation awareness raising activities, while much of the work of the foundation takes place in-situ, in community-managed seed banks and through on-farm seed cultivation. The foundation currently cultivates 328 varieties of indigenous seed, which have been revived, reintroduced, multiplied and stored in gene banks.

Country: India  

Filesize: 3.65 MB

Honey Care Africa is a social enterprise that strives to raise incomes for rural Kenyan farmers through apiculture. Taking advantage of a tradition of beekeeping as a supplementary source of food and cash income for Kenyan farmers, the enterprise has sought to improve the productivity and viability of this sustainable livelihood activity as an alternative to poaching, timber-felling, and charcoal burning for many of the country's poorest rural communities.

Through the design, manufacture, and sale of Langstroth bee hives, the enterprise has intervened to boost the supply capacities of farmers; by agreeing to purchase the honey produced at a fair rate, the initiative has strengthened demand for the raw material. Honey is then packaged and marketed in urban areas under the brand names "Honey Care Africa" and "Beekeepers Delight", with the majority of profits being passed on to the 15,000 households taking part in the initiative to date.

Country: Kenya  

Filesize: 2.49 MB

The village of Saga, located south of Niamey on the banks of the Niger River, was the initial setting for an innovative experiment in converting a troublesome invasive species in the river basin into an economic opportunity for the local community. Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) has clogged local irrigation systems, limited navigability of the river, restricted access to local markets, and decreased the viability of the local economy, as well as severely impacting ecosystem health and water quality.

École Instrument de Paix has mobilized community members to collect water hyacinth from the river, before drying the plant material for use in a number of income-generating activities. The organization has been particularly successful at promoting local production of fuel briquettes, which are made of both dried water hyacinth and agricultural waste. These briquettes help to generate income through their sale and improve energy access for marginalized riverbank communities.

Country: Niger  

Filesize: 4.42 MB

The village community of Bigodi, near Fort Portal, western Uganda, straddles an eight kilometre stretch of papyrus wetland that is home to an abundance of wildlife. Eight primate species and more than 200 bird species draw tourists from neighbouring Kibale Forest National Park, for which the Bigodi swamp forms an important wildlife corridor. Through the work of Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development (KAFRED), the community benefitted substantially from this ecotourism trade by establishing guided tours along a boardwalk through the wetlands, supplemented by the sale of handicrafts by the village women's group.

Sustainable management of the area was backed by the enactment of bylaws in 1995, developed in a participatory fashion with local government authorities. This process provided the legal foundation for the group's work in wildlife conservation and income generation that has benefitted the national park and local stakeholders in equal measure.

Country: Uganda  

Filesize: 3.45 MB

Kijabe Environment Volunteers (KENVO) has worked with rural communities on the Kikuyu Escarpment in Kenya since 1996, with a primary focus on forest conservation and reforestation in response to human pressures on the escarpment’s forests. The organization has evolved beyond this initial focus, however, into a flexible delivery mechanism for donor-funded interventions and a powerful vehicle for holistic local development.

The current range of activities includes selling affordable fuel-efficient stoves to poor farming households; distributing mosquito nets to combat increased incidence of malaria in escarpment communities; encouraging bee-keeping and fish-farming as alternative livelihood activities for farmers; facilitating conflict resolution over water access between local tribes; a comprehensive environmental education program; and developing ecotourism through the creation of an eco-lodge in partnership with a local Maasai tribe.

Country: Kenya  

Filesize: 4.25 MB

Kwetu Training Centre is based in Kenya's coastal district of Kilifi where it uses a model demonstration site and extensive youth group engagement to promote sustainable environmental management of the coast’s mangrove forests. This has involved voluntary reforestation efforts and development of silviculture based around the mangrove ecosystems, such as crab farming, bee keeping and ecotourism. To this end, the centre has recently constructed a boardwalk through the local mangrove forests.

As local illiteracy rates are high, Kwetu uses methods such as dance, drama, and music to convey conservation messages to local communities, and especially youth, while the group also runs a campaign to raise HIV/AIDS awareness. Its role as a critical support system for local initiatives has resulted in widespread impact along the coast, including the planting of more than 190,000 mangrove seedlings since 2007.

Country: Kenya  

Filesize: 4.15 MB

Since 2005, this federation of women's economic interest groups, centered on the island of Niodior, has worked to rehabilitate mangrove ecosystems and promote natural resource management in the Saloum Delta Biosphere Reserve. The group was founded in response to multiple pressures on the reserve's mangrove and marine resources, and a 22-woman monitoring committee was established to regulate the harvesting of marine and forest resources.

With funding from the UNDP-implemented GEF Small Grants Programme, the initiative developed a participatory code of conduct for marine harvesting, purchased equipment to monitor access to the reserve, and established a central fund to provide loans to individual groups, benefitting more than 7,000 local people through the provision of microcredit. This fund is supplied with revenue from the harvesting of zones following year-long enforcement of 'no-take' regulations.

Country: Senegal  

Filesize: 6.96 MB

Muliru Farmers Conservation Group is a community-based organization located near Kakamega Forest in western Kenya. The group generates income through the commercial cultivation and secondary processing of an indigenous medicinal plant, to produce the Naturub® brand of medicinal products.

The enterprise reduces pressure on the biodiverse Kakamega Forest by offering an alternative to the exploitation of forest resources, while the commercialization of the medicinal plant has heightened local appreciation of the value of the forest's biodiversity. Over half of the project participants are women and 40 per cent of participants rely entirely this initiative for their income. A portion of the enterprise's revenues are invested in forest conservation and biodiversity research.

Country: Kenya  

Filesize: 2.69 MB

To reduce dependence on declining fisheries and vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, Namdrik Atoll Local Resources Committee is promoting a model of community self-sufficiency, local food security and adaptation. Traditional crops such as breadfruit, taro and native pandanus have been reintroduced to protect and restore soil, improve food security and open value-added secondary processing industries for local communities.

A pearl farm provides jobs and a revenue stream to fund community development projects in education and health. Training in rainwater harvesting is providing the community with access to safe drinking water, and access to solar technology is providing the community with a source of renewable energy.

Country: Marshall Islands  

Filesize: 3.29 MB