Our friend and partner Yacouba Sawadogo, the Man who Stopped the Desert, has received the prestigeous international Right Livelihood Award for his great achievements in African Regreening Initiatives and farmer innovation. See a
Yacouba Sawadogo is one of the innovative farmers of the Yatenga district, who participates in our “Meteo Data Services for Innovative Farmers in the Sahel” colleborative workshops. He was also our very special guest together with Tim Berners-Lee at the first “Perspectives on ICT4D symposium@VU” in October 2009.
The Right Livelihood Award was established in 1980 to “honour and support courageous people and organisations offering visionary and exemplary solutions to the root causes of global problems”. It has become widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ and there are now 170 Laureates from 69 countries. Read more at the site of the Right Livelihoods Award, (this is considered the “Nobel prize” for the Environment.)
Our program, the Web alliance for Regreening in Africa is inspired by the work of Yacouba Sawadogo and many other farmers-innovators who achieved, what was considered impossible by many people.