UN Announces SEED Award Winners 2011 with Focus on African Entrepreneurs
UNEP press release, 15 December 2011

NAIROBI, KENYA: The annual international SEED Awards recognize inspiring social and environmental entrepreneurs whose grassroots businesses in developing countries can help to meet sustainable development challenges. As last year, the 2011 SEED Awards have a special focus on Africa. The winners include, among others: the Nubian Vault Association in Burkina Faso, which trains entrepreneurs in the ancient technique of building durable roofs from unfired earth; Karam, a local partnership initiative in Egypt, driven by a social enterprise marketing traditional Egyptian handicraft products from natural or recycled resources which are made by rural artisans; a community-based public-private partnership in South Africa aiming to augment rural income and incentivise tree planting by manufacturing and marketing a portfolio of products from indigenous trees grown by local communities, such as Marula nut oil; and an initiative in Zimbabwe supporting women entrepreneurs to harvest, process and market Marula-tree products, combining individual production and processing with collective training and marketing, and focusing both on passing on traditional knowledge and introducing new expertise such as sustainable harvesting. Read the press release …