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The award was presented to NARI's representative Director Anil Rajvanshi, by H.R.H Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, at a ceremony in the Winter Garden of Grand Hotel in Stockholm, June 3rd.

The goal of the Globe Sustainability Research Award, this year presented for the third time, is to discover and encourage researchers and research institutes prominent in sustainability research. The jury for the Sustainability Research Award was chaired by Mohan Munasinghe, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2007 and Vice Chairman of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Jury members are Dr. Mona Makram-Ebeld, former member of the Egyptian Parliament and Professor of Political Science at the American University, Cairo, Egypt; Fred Dubee, UN Global Compact, Senior Advisor working extensively in China and throughout Asia, and Tommy Borglund, Head of CSR services at Hallvarsson & Halvarsson Sweden.

"The Globe Sustainability Research Award was judged on several criteria, including originality, practicality, and contributions to humanity through economic gains, social development and environmental protection. The Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) project on development of a low grade ethanol filled cylinder, which provides energy to produce high quality light output in a lantern, as well as clean fuel for cooking systems, was the outstanding example of sustainability research, based on these criteria", says Mohan Munasinghe, Chairman of the Globe Sustainability Research Award jury.

"We are delighted to receive this prestigious International Award at the hands of HRH Crown Princess Victoria. This award recognises and confirms NARI's philosophy that high tech solutions based on local resources can be developed by a rural organization and are appropriate to solving the basic problems of rural areas of the world", says Anil Rajvanshi, Director of Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI).

Globe Award's mission is to highlight and reward good cases and initiatives within sustainability research. A total of four jury groups, each with highly experienced and internationally recognized experts, has ensured that the most innovative and visionary innovators, scientists, cities and companies are highlighted. The Globe Award jury is chaired by Lars-Olle Larsson, Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Sweden.

About NARI

NARI is an NGO and non-profit research and development institute. It was established in 1968 by Mr. B.V. Nimbkar who remained its first President till 1990. Since then Dr. Nandini Nimbkar is the Permanent President.

It is registered under the Societies Registration Act XII of 1860 and the Bombay Public Trust Act of 1950. It is situated in the rural town of Phaltan in Maharashtra state. Phaltan is about 100 km from Pune and 300 km south-east of Mumbai. For the detailed map and location of the Institute please see it in Google Earth.

The Institute undertakes research and development in agriculture, renewable energy, animal husbandry and sustainable development. The Institute has a Tax exempt status under Section 35(1)(ii) of the Income Tax Act which results in contributions and donations to the Institute being 100% tax deductible.

NARI is also registered under Foreign Contribution Act and hence can accept foreign contributions. We will greatly appreciate if you please donate generously to our cause. Your donations help us carry forward the work on rural development.

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