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Trees for the Future’s Forest Garden Approach Recognized as a World Changing Idea

Fast Company Announces 2019 World Changing Ideas Awards Finalists

April 8, 2019 (Silver Spring, MD) — Fast Company’s 2019 World Changing Ideas Awards were announced today, honoring businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that offer innovative solutions to the issues facing humanity.

Now in its third year, the World Changing Ideas Award showcases 17 winners, more than 200 finalists, and more than 300 honorable mentions, with Health and Wellness, Education, and AI and Data among the most popular categories. A panel of eminent judges selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 2,000 entries, such as Food, Energy, and Developing World Technology. Honorees include advertising giant DDB Group Germany, renewable energy solution Energy Vault, Spinnova for its method of spinning wood into fiber, and Planned Parenthood and Work & Co’s chatbot that discreetly answers kids’ questions. The 2019 awards featured entries from across the globe, from New Zealand to Shanghai to Switzerland.

International development nonprofit Trees for the Future is a finalist in the Food category, for its Forest Garden Approach and work introducing scalable approaches to ending hunger and poverty through agroforestry and regenerative agriculture.

“We’re honored to have the Forest Garden Approach recognized as a World Changing Idea alongside so many admirable organizations and causes,” says Trees for the Future Director of Programs Brandy Lellou. “We have a solution to ending hunger and poverty through regenerative agriculture and agroforestry and the more we can spread this scalable approach, the sooner we will be able to help families achieve healthy and sustainable livelihoods.”

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Trees for the Future and the rest of the finalists and winners are highlighted in the May issue of the print magazine, which hits newsstands April 16.

About the World Changing Ideas Awards: World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners, finalists, and honorable mentions based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With a goal of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start working on solving the problems that affect us all.


Trees for the Future is working to end hunger and poverty for smallholder farmers through revitalizing degraded lands. Learn more about Trees for the Future and see their latest data in the TREES 2018 Impact Report.

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