Most of you will be familiar with the Heiveld Co-operative, a collective of small-scale farmers who produce fine quality organic and fair trade certified rooibos tea. Over the past six years Heiveld members have made a significant contribution to ecologic research, and have applied the findings in their farming practice. The Heiveld has also contributed to the development of its local community, which was severely disadvantaged in the colonial and Apartheid eras. In recognition of its contribution to environmentally sound economic development, the Heiveld has been selected as one of 12 finalists in the 2008 BBC World Challenge competition.
The BBC commissioned a film reflecting the achievements of each of the finalists, and these films are now being broadcast globally at regular intervals on the BBC World Service. Voting is now open on the BBC website, and you can also view a short film clip from the movie on the site: http://www.theworldchallenge.co.uk/html/finalists_08.html#project8
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