Soroptimist award recognises sustainability champions in Malaga’s food system

by Lorraine Williamson
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MALAGA – Soroptimist International (SI) Costa del Sol has embarked on a mission. They aim to transform the local food system, making it more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient.

Building on the success of their 2021 initiative, the organisation is excited to announce the launch of the Second Soroptimist Award. The theme for 2023 is “Feed Your Optimism”. This award seeks to honour and promote local businesses and organisations in the Malaga province that are dedicated to enhancing sustainability in the food sector.

Positive contributions to the local food system

The Soroptimist Award was initially introduced in alignment with the United Nations General Assembly manifesto, aimed at addressing critical global challenges. SI Costa del Sol sought to recognise and celebrate the efforts of those who contribute positively to local food systems.

Daphne Theunissen, President of SI Costa del Sol, expressed her enthusiasm for the initiative. Furthermore, she extended an invitation to businesses and organisations from Malaga´s rural areas to participate in this impactful endeavour. The positive feedback received from the previous edition has motivated the organisation to continue their mission.

Nominations invited

The Second Soroptimist Award invites nominations for businesses or organisations that actively promote and utilise organic food, local food products, educate about sustainable food systems, and advocate for the reduction of food and plastic waste. Moreover, candidates can be nominated online until September 29th by visiting the following link: Nomination Form.

The award categories encompass a wide spectrum, including;

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  • Food Farming and Distribution
  • Production of Food Products
  • Education and Awareness
  • Innovation and Technology

Furthermore, it also recognises restaurants that prioritise local organic food and drinks.

The winners will be announced at a special ceremony on Thursday, October 19 at the Mijas Town Hall.

Support for the Soroptimist award

What sets this award apart is the distinguished panel of judges, consisting of representatives from prominent organisations such as Fundación Aula del Mar, Justicia Alimentaria, Red Cross Málaga, and Sabor a Málaga. Daphne Theunissen also took the opportunity to express her gratitude to Costa Women for their continued support in promoting the award and to acknowledge the unwavering support of Mijas Communication.

SI Costa del Sol is an integral part of Soroptimist International, a global Non-Governmental Organisation with more than 66,000 members across 122 countries. Their mission revolves around empowering, enabling, and educating women and children to create a brighter future for all.

For more information on the Second Soroptimist Award and SI Costa del Sol’s initiatives, please visit the website. You can also contact them via email at Alternatively, you can keep updated by following the association on Facebook at Soroptimist International Costa del Sol.

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