PAOLINELLI FOR THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
The former Minister of Agriculture, Alysson Paolinelli, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize of 2021. The nomination was protocoled in the Norwegian Nobel Committee on the January 22, by Prof. Durval Dourado Neto, Director of the “Luiz de Queiroz” College of Agriculture, from the University of São Paulo (Esalq/ USP). The nomination received 119 letters of support representing 24 countries.
The Academy (education and research) and the primary sector were the biggest supporters, but the recognition shown by industry and services institutions also stands out.
The director of ESALQ emphasizes that the nomination of the former Minister is based “on his enormous contribution to peace, due to the great leap in Brazilian food production”. As he says, this increase was obtained in a sustainable way, promoting growth, social inclusion and food safety in Brazil and abroad.
Professor Durval highlights the view of academics and policy formulators: “Paolinelli has always been obstinate in valuing science, research and technical assistance for farmers”. He is a visionary and had predicted since the 1960s that the future depended on the transformation of traditional agriculture. He promoted a new era in tropical food production and its socioeconomic, sustainability and human development impacts are still present today.
One of the nomination leaders, the former Minister Roberto Rodrigues, adds: “Paolinelli is the greatest Brazilian alive, he is the visionary of sustainable tropical agricultural revolution that took place in Brazil. He is a great builder of peace, because food is peace, sustainability is peace”.
About the Nobel Prize
The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee responsible for the nomination rules, for the selection of eligible candidates and the final choice of the winner(s). It is the only Nobel Prize to be held outside Sweden, the country where the prize was created.
The Nobel Peace Prize is solemnly awarded in Oslo, capital of Norway, and its Committee is composed by five members appointed by the Norwegian parliament. In the 2020 edition, there were more than 300 nominations. For the award of 2021 the winner will be announced on October 08th and the solemnity of award will happen in December.
To develop the complex process of nominating Alysson Paolinelli to the Nobel Peace Prize, a network of entities on the leadership of the former Minister Roberto Rodrigues was created. The initiative was intended to carry out studies on Paolinelli’s socioeconomics contributions and to prepare the nomination documents for the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Roberto Rodrigues highlights the extraordinary engagement of leaders and prominent professionals from civil society in Brazil and abroad.
To develop its actions, the Paolinelli Network is organized in managing groups:
It is the maximum management group, composed by the institutions that participate in the Network. Coordinator: Roberto Rodrigues.
Responsible for the integrated management of actions in the Network. It is formed by Roberto Rodrigues; Evaldo Vilela; Francisco Matturro; Jacyr Costa Filho; João Martins Filho, Manuel Otero; Márcio Lopes de Freitas; and Mônika Bergamaschi.
Formed by responsible professionals for the relationship with the Academy, in Brazil and abroad. Coordinator: Evaldo Vilela, president of the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPQ).
Composed by professionals that act with entities abroad. Coordinator: Manuel Otero, general director of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).
Composed by a group of specialists in economy and agriculture policy, sustainable development, technology and communication. Coordinator: Ivan Wedekin (Wedekin Consultants).
Administrative and Financial Management
Realized by IBISA (Brazilian Institute for Agribusiness Innovation and Sustainability), a non-profit entity. Executive President: Mônika Bergamaschi.
* The following organizations participate in the project (in alphabetical order): AGROCERES, ABIA, ABIOVE, ABAG, ABPA, ABRAMILHO, APROSOJA BRASIL, ASBRAM, BALDAN, BRADESCO, CNA, COCAMAR, FIESP, GRUPO MAUBISA, IBÁ, JACTO, JOHN DEERE, OCB, SICOOB, SICREDI, SINCS, SNA, SYNGENTA and UNICA.