The farming systems and Soil Resources Institute(FSSRI) of the University of the Philippine Los Banos(UPLB) has bagged the 2009 Global Development Marketplace(DM2009) competetive grant.
This competitive grant for innovation in development is administered by the World Bank and sponsored by the World Bank Institute, Global Environment Facility (GEF), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
With the theme “100 Ideas to Save the Planet,” the competition challenged participants to come up with an idea from their own communities to help save the planet and its people from the effects of climate change.
There were over 1,700 project entries from all over the world. Out of these, 100 finalists from 47 countries, including 8 from the Philippines, were invited to World Bank’s headquarters in Washington DC to present their projects. And the FSSRI and 3 other Filipino groups were among the 25 participants chosen to receive grants of up to $200,000 each.