Future Policy Award 2009

Celebrating the world's best laws to tackle hunger

One billion people are suffering from hunger around the world. This is why the Future Policy Award 2009 celebrated successful policies for Food Security and the Human Right to Food. Policies were nominated that create fair and sustainable food systems, working towards ensuring access to adequate food for all citizens.


Winning Policies

School children ©WFP David Orr

Winner Future Policy Award 2009
Belo Horizonte Food Security Programme 1993, Brazil
"...as the world's most comprehensive policy that tackles hunger immediately and secures a healthy food supply for the future."

Highly Commended
Tuscan Regional Law 2004 on the Protection and  Promotion of Heritage of Local Breeds and Varieties of Interest to Farming, Animal Husbandry and Forestry

Urban Agriculture, Cuba


The City that Beat Hunger

Watch our short documentary "The City that Beat Hunger" to learn about the comprehensive Belo Horizonte Food Security Programme and its effects.

Background information

This brochure presents the World Future Council's Future Policy Award. The award 2009 was presented to the Food Security Programme of the Brazilian city Belo Horizonte. Learn more about the programme and other good practices securing food for all in the Future Policy Award 2009 Brochure.



Spreading the winning policy

During a study tour in the Brazilian metropolis of Belo Horizonte four African mayors and deputy mayors were able to learn how the exemplary food security system of the city is working. The system, which was introduced in 1993, has successfully eliminated hunger and malnutrition whilst at the same time boosting the local economy and the livelihoods of farmers in the region. It received the Future Policy Award in 2009 and is fit to serve as a model for other cities facing similar problems. The study tour, which took place in August, was organized by the World Future Council for the mayors of Bangangté (Cameroon) and Kitwe (Zambia) as well as the deputy mayors of Windhoek (Namibia) and Kinondoni (district of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania). Follow-up workshops about the concrete implementation of food security policies in these cities are planned.


Award Ceremony

The first Future Policy Award was presented by the World Future Council at Hamburg’s historic town hall on October 1, 2009. The Future Policy Award recognizes international policies that promote sustainability and justice – this year the award acknowledges successful policies in the area of food security.

Guests from the political, science, arts and culture societies witnessed the presentation of the 2009 Future Policy Award to the food security programme of the city of Belo Horizonte. This policy ensures the Right to Food for everyone. One of the many significant improvements is that the child mortality rate  decreased by 60% within a decade of the programme's initiation in 1993!

The award was presented to Patrus Ananias, Brazil’s Minister for Social Development and the Fight against Hunger, by WFC councillor Hafsat Abiola-Costello after the laudatio by Count Hans-Christof von Sponeck, former UN Assistant Secretary General.

The Senator for Science and Research and honorary councillor of the World Future Council, Dr. Herlind Gundelach, welcomed the 250 guests in the town hall’s large ballroom.

WFC Councillors Rama Mani, Count Hans-Christof von Sponeck, Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Brazilian Minister Patrus Ananias, WFC Councillor Hafsat Abiola-Costello

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