ILC Member Recipient of 2015 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

Tuesday, 14th April 2015

Jagdeesh Rao Puppala from the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) is one of the recipients of the 2015 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship for his work on securing common lands in India's rural areas.

According to the Skoll Foundation "The Skoll Award recognizes social entrepreneurs whose innovations have already had significant, proven impact on some of the world’s most pressing problems, and invests directly in the promise of even greater impact at scale."

ILC would like to extend its sincerest congratulations to Jagdeesh and FES for the outstanding achievement! 

You can watch Jagdeesh receive his award LIVE at:

Foundation for Ecological Security

Securing common land ensures a better future for the rural poor

In India, many poor rural communities rely on publicly-owned lands for their food and livelihood. Yet these lands have been managed poorly, leading to degradation and exploitation. Jagdeesh Rao Puppala has long promoted the idea that the well-being of rural communities depends on the balance of social and ecological systems. The Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) helps villagers secure community rights to publicly-owned land and support regulations to manage it in a more sustainable and productive way. The result of this collaborative work has been higher quality of soil, water, and biodiversity, leading to improved agricultural productivity and economic security for the rural poor. To date, FES has secured community rights to nearly 4 million acres of land in India, providing communities a solid foundation on which to build local democracies, sustainable livelihoods and better futures. Learn more at 

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