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Date: 10.01.2010 (Season 1 - Episode 15)

Victor Ananias Works for a More Ecologically Balanced Turkey

On 10 January 2010 Sabanci Foundation's "Turkey's Changemakers" program hosts Victor Ananias, who worked for a more ecologically balanced Turkey for 17 years.

Victor Ananias grew up in a small village in the Aegean coast of Turkey, is the son of a Chilean father and a Turkish mother. He has been working to introduce organic agriculture to Turkey for 17 years. In this respect, he has established partnerships with several NGOs, leading to many new ecological practices. He also worked to design and implement integrated projects and promoted organic products. Ananias was a world known pioneer of the ecological movement and he is shown as one of five future leaders by international ecological agriculture agencies. He was also awarded an Ashoka Fellowship in 2000.

Victor Ananias was the president of Bugday (Wheat) Association for Supporting Ecological Living which is a pioneer of domestic organic markets in Turkey. Bugday works on building sustainable human activities, and supports the existing good examples and network among all to enhance free flow of knowledge and experience. Bugday has also developed an alternative vacation program, TaTuTa (Eco-Agro Tourism and Voluntary Exchange). In TaTuTa, visitors stay on the farms as Eco-Agro tourists, observe ecological farming and give their contribution directly to the ecological host farms.

Victor Ananias unfortunately passed away on March 3, 2011 after having planted hundreds of seeds for organic life.

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