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Luiz Geraldo de Oliveira Moura is offering Brazil's small farmers an alternative way of growing and selling produce that guarantees their livelihood while protecting the environment. By helping them convert to organic farming and linking them directly with consumers, he is transforming an important... Lire la suite
Melitta began the Last Straw Foundation to address the needs of the poorest in Hungary's poorest, post-industrial areas. The foundation begins with provisions of food, medicine, social aid, employment possibilities, and financial services to families. After these basic needs for are met, Melitta... Lire la suite
In a pilot center in a small town in northeastern Brazil, Renata Arantes Villela is creating a caring and nurturing environment for the disabled. With strong links to the broader community in which it is based, the pilot center will serve as a model for the development of much-needed services for... Lire la suite

Bohuslav Blazek

Ashoka Fellow since jan 1995

Czech Republic
This profile is dedicated to the memory of late Bohuslav Blazek. It was prepared when Bohuslav was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1995. Bohuslav Blazek a psychologist in the Czech Republic, is facilitating community development by increasing ordinary Czechs' ability to think creatively and... Lire la suite

Florentinus Gregorius Winarno

Ashoka Fellow since oct 2012

Florentinus Gregorius Winarno has created the infrastructure for the production of safe and secure food in Indonesia. Known as the father of food science and technology, he has established the field of food security and localized job opportunities in the food processing industry. Lire la suite

Ronaldo Lima de Oliveira

Ashoka Fellow since fév 1995

Ronaldo Lima de Oliveira is working both to prevent the destruction of the rain forest and to guarantee the survival of forest communities by creating a model for sustainable agro-economical activities in Brazil's recently-created "extractive reserves." The strategies that he is developing will... Lire la suite

Sarah Trad

Ashoka Fellow since aoû 2006

Sarah Trad is confronting Lebanon’s growing drug addiction problem by drawing on creative, science-based methods that are common in the West, but have yet to be implemented in the Arab world. She believes that addicts are suffering from an illness that can be cured with proper treatment, and should... Lire la suite

Njideka Harry

Ashoka Fellow since aoû 2011

Njideka Harry is expanding the horizons of rural youth and their mothers who are farmers. Njideka does this by providing access to information and resources across the value chain, helping them to create more sustainable livelihoods in agriculture. Lire la suite

Mariana Baños

Ashoka Fellow since juin 2011

Mariana Baños is democratizing access to psychological services for women of all socioeconomic backgrounds throughout Mexico. Mariana’s work addresses the violence and underlying sense of disempowerment that many experience by providing sustained and consistent professional support free of cost to... Lire la suite

Michael Kelly

Ashoka Fellow since juil 2010

Michael Kelly is catalyzing a nationwide movement to substantially increase the number of people growing their own food. He has resurrected the traditional Irish notion of the “meitheal,” a practice that builds a spirit of community by working collectively on individual projects—much like a barn... Lire la suite