Equator Prize Award

Swayam Shikshan Prayog received the Equator Prize on Sept 17, 2017 at New York.

Godavari and Kamal our front line leaders and farmers from Maharashtra were in New York together with Naseem Shaikh from Swayam Shikshan Prayog. They received the Equator Prize 2017 award from Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator in a gala event hosted by the Equator Initiative partnership on September 17, 2017 at New York. We were among 15 winners from over 12 countries.

Both Kamal Kumbhar and Godavari Dange started their journey as ordinary farmers and members of self help groups, but have transformed intoextraordinary leaders changing and inspiring thousands of women. Kamal, Godavari and many other grassroots women leaders have led SSP’s climate resilient farming initiative adopted by over 20,000 marginal farmers as it offers a ray of hope on many fronts – improved food & income security and long term resilience by empowering women as change makers to lead bio-farming & enterprise and protection of water and environment.

As a leading learning organization, we are committed to share our insights from this globally recognized local solution that has potential for 10 x impact if supported by policy makers. It catalyzed transformative change for distressed communities moving them from “poverty towards sustenance andd development”, so there is no looking back……

Video on SSP receiving the Award https://www.facebook.com/mandar.jadhav/videos/10154693592951573/

Swayam Shikshan Prayog felicitated the Grassroots Women Leaders to encourage their efforts on 12th Oct 2017 at 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Conference Hall: MDC-V, YASHADA, Raj Bhavan Complex, Baner, Pune 411007.

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Swayam Shikshan Prayog receiving the Equator Prize 2017.

Our women led food security programme projected in the Equator Prize event by linking to SDGs - Gender Equality and Zero Hunger.

SSP team with Mary Robinson - Former President of Ireland, Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Founder of Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice

- Women-led Climate Resilient Farming Two pager 120917

- Profile of Godavari Dange - Representing Grassoots Women Globally

- Profile of Kamal Kumbhar - A Serial Entrepreneur

- How Two Struggling Women Farmers Became Mentors to Thousands More in Maharashtra - The Better India Article

Social Media Links on Equator Prize Events:

- https://www.facebook.com/EquatorInitiative/

- https://twitter.com/equatorinit

- https://www.facebook.com/sspindia.org/

- https://twitter.com/sspindia

- During community dialogues #EquatorPrize2017 winners from #sspindia gets the opportunity to share innovative solutions and experiences.