Page 1 of 22010 ONE WORLD AWARD FINALISTS The "One World Award“ (OWA) honors people with innovative projects and ideas who work courageously for a future worth living. The four finalists and the two OWA laureates were honored on September 17, 2010 at a big gala event in Legau/Allgäu.
Next to the finalists, the laureates, the members of the OWA jury, the OWA initiator Joseph Wilhelm and IFOAM Director Markus Arbenz, approximately 700 guests came to the festive event and celebrated the four finalists and the OWA laureates.
Bhaskar H. Save
Prof. Wangari Matu Maathai
Dr. Hans Rudolf Herren
Rachel Anyango Agola
Helmy Abouleish< 2010 FINALISTS AND LAUREATES
BETI MINKIN AND THE ANATOLIA FOUNDATION IN TURKEY
In 2006, Beti Minkin founded the Anatolia Foundation in the USA. The principle goals of the Foundation are to preserve and support the rich biological diversity of the rural Anatolian region of Turkey with sustainable village projects. Born and raised in Turkey, Beti Minkin has spent most of her adult life in the USA, but always displayed a passion for her native land. Since the 1990s, she pioneered holistic sustainability projects in regions where biodiversity is prolific but greatly endangered. Her vision and enthusiasm are truly inspirational.
Most recently, under the auspices of the Anatolia Foundation, Beti Minkin initiated an extensive agro-biodiversity sustainability program in the remote Kars Province of Eastern Turkey. The project links bio-conservation with organic food production and ecologically viable livelihood.It focuses on a full-scale organic certification program with over 200 farmers and the revival of the ancient grain “Kavilca” or emmer (Triticum dicoccum), amongst other important traditional crops such as flaxseed and red wheat.