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Deccan Development Society wins Equator Prize 2019

Date: 07 June 2019 Tags: Honours & Awards

Six women farmers of Deccan Development Society (DDS) of Telangana were honoured with 10th Equator Prize for the year 2019 by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). They were awarded in recognition of their work in farming sector by following age-old practices and for standing as outstanding example of a local, nature-based solution to climate change and sustainable development.

Deccan Development Society (DDS): It is agri-based NGO in Medak district, Telangana, India.  It works on various crop improvement programs and activities helping the local farmers.[2]

Equator Prize

It is awarded biennially by Equator Initiative of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It recognizes community efforts to reduce poverty through conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Its winners receive US$10,000 and are selected by independent Technical Advisory Committee, which assesses nominations based on the following criteria:


Equator Initiative

It is a UNDP partnership that brings together UN, governments, civil society, businesses, and grassroots organizations to build capacity and raise the profile of local efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. It was launched in 2002.

It provides opportunities for indigenous peoples and local communities around the world in addressing challenges of land degradation, biodiversity conservation and livelihood improvement in socially equitable manner. It also ensures connection is made between local actors on the ground, national governments and international policymakers.