The SDC congratulates Hans Rudolf Herren and Biovision on receiving the Alternative Nobel Prize. Herren is the first Swiss to receive the award.
Herren founded Biovision 15 years ago, primarily as a project to support smallholder farmers in East Africa. The SDC has worked together with the foundation for many years and supports it, for example, on a project that analyses and implements changes regarding national agricultural policy in Mali, Kenya and Ethiopia. These changes in national policy ultimately benefit smallholder farmers and grass-roots organisations, as it is their sustainable practices that are being promoted.
The Alternative Nobel Prize, also known as the «Right Livelihood Award», has been given out since 1980. Herren, who has also received the World Food Prize, was awarded the Alternative Nobel Prize together with Paul Walker from the USA, Raji Sourani from the occupied Palestinian territories and Denis Mukwege from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The four recipients will share the prize money of around CHF 284,000.