Nominate innovative initiatives in nutrition, water or rural development!
Nestlé has recently launched the call for entries for the 2014 Prize in Creating Shared Value . The deadline to apply is 31st March 2013.
Do you know an innovative scheme related to water, nutrition or rural development? You can help it scale up by nominating it for the Prize. They are looking for innovative, commercially viable and high-impact initiatives with the objective of helping them achieve scale and financial sustainability.
The winner is selected by the Nestlé CSV Advisory Board  and benefits from an investment of up to CHF 500,000 (approx. USD 530,000) to scale up or replicate its project. The goal is also to learn from each other and to identify possible areas of collaboration. They value the experience and insight that their prize winners share with them and those winners value the technical expertise Nestlé may bring.
The Prize is open to individuals, not-for-profit organizations, governmental and inter-governmental organizations, private and social enterprises, and academic institutions.
This year they awarded the Prize to one overall winner and two runners up:
Their winner is Fundación Paraguaya de Cooperación y Desarrollo  for its ‘self-sufficient agricultural school’ project which aims to boost education and entrepreneurship for young people living in rural Paraguay. These schools ensure students receive technical and business training on top of their normal academic curriculum, giving them the kind of education they need to find good jobs or create their own businesses. Income to cover the school’s expenses and to ensure the school’s long-term financial viability in ensured by on-campus small enterprises, which also give students the opportunity to learn technical and business skills in a hands-on way.
Runners up include a non-profit organization based in Lebanon called arcenciel . It is helping farmers and small food-processing business owners in the country to produce and market a diversity of fresh and processed products in an environmentally friendly, socially responsible and economically viable way.
Another runner up is Excellent Development , a non-profit organization based in the United Kingdom. With local partners, it helps farmers and their families in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Uganda to gain access to clean water through the construction of sand dams. Complementing this, they train communities in soil and water conservation activities and climate-smart agricultural techniques.