Ashoka competitions: Agriculture innovations and the geo-tourism challenge

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Ashoka is a global non-profit network and support system for social entrepreneurs—people who devise innovative solutions to the social problems that plague society. To further this goal, two theme-based competitions, have been announced! The first is to encourage innovations across the entire agriculture chain. The other competition seeks to identify success stories in the field of geotourism.

"Cultivating Innovation: Solutions for Rural Communities" Entry Deadline: May 13, 2009.

Prizes: a) Three top winners get $5,000 each; b) Early Bird Prize: If you enter by April 13, 2009, you could win a cell phone and digital camera (equal value of USD $1000); c) Nominator Prize: If you nominate people/organizations who could enter the competition, you stand to win a special prize!

"The Geotourism Challenge: Power of Place." Entry Deadline: May 20, 2009. Prizes: Three top winners get $5,000 each.

"Cultivating Innovation: Solutions for Rural Communities" Entry Deadline: May 13, 2009.

Prizes: a) Three top winners get $5,000 each; b) Early Bird Prize: If you enter by April 13, 2009, you could win a cell phone and digital camera (equal value of USD $1000); c) Nominator Prize: If you nominate people/organizations who could enter the competition, you stand to win a special prize!

Competition focus: In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ashoka's Changemakers is looking for innovative solutions that span the entire agricultural value chain , from seeds to sales. Three-quarters of the world's poorest people—the 1 billion who live on $1 a day or less—rely on agriculture to feed themselves and their families, yet many cannot grow enough to sell or even eat. If you've come up with strategies, tools and opportunities for small farmers to boost their productivity, increase their incomes, and build better lives for themselves and their families, enter now! For more details on the competition, please visit: http://www.changemakers.com/en-us/agriculture

"The Geotourism Challenge: Power of Place." Entry Deadline: May 20, 2009. Prizes: Three top winners get $5,000 each. Competition focus: In partnership with National Geographic Society, Ashoka's Changemakers is looking for examples of sustainable management of tourism, or geotourism, as it is widely known. NatGeo defines geotourism as ''tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place--its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.'' We're looking at people and organizations -- including the government, and corporations -- that are are initiating responsible innovations that use tourism to help sustain, enhance, or preserve local culture, build heritage, and natural habitats. For more details on the competition, please visit: https://www.changemakers.net/geotourismchallenge

For more information or media queries, please contact: Ms. Kalpana Kaul, Asia Director & Managing Editor, Ashoka's Changemakers. Tel. No: 033-2417-2587; 6535-8647 (Kolkata, India). Email: changemakers@vsnl.com; kkaul@ashoka.org

May 13, 2009 12:00AM

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