John Deere has been named the winner of Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Award in the Corporate Social Responsibility Category. The award was recently presented to recognize the company’s work with smallholder farmers in northern Nigeria to help sustain them and those around them. John Deere’s project is called “Rayuwa” which means life or livelihood in Hausa, the language spoken in the region. The project, in partnership with Pyxera Global, works with family farmers to increase food security and profitability, and to educate youths to inspire opportunity and equity, according to a news release announcing the award. “By combining agricultural training and youth education, Rayuwa does something unique — it invests simultaneously in the farmers of today and tomorrow,” Nate Clark, president of the John Deere Foundation, said in the release. “When farm families have the opportunity for education, they become more productive, profitable and adaptable.” Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, said in the release that it’s important to recognize organizations “that are using their ingenuity, impact, design, scalability and passion to solve” the “deeply troubling times” the world faces. A panel of Fast Company editors and reporters selected winners from a pool of more than 4,000 entries.