Call for Nominations: World Food Prize Foundation - Food Security and Agricultural Champions

The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the accomplishments of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world.
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The World Food Prize Foundation is currently accepting nominations for its globally renowned award that recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the accomplishments of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world.

Prize Information

The World Food Prize is a $250,000 award formally presented at the Laureate Award Ceremony in mid-October, on or around World Food Day, in conjunction with the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium.

Nomination Criteria

Fields of achievement include, but are not limited to: soil and land; plant and animal science; food science and technology; nutrition; rural development; marketing; food processing and packaging; water and the environment; natural resource conservation; physical infrastructure; transportation and distribution; special or extraordinary feeding programs; social organization and poverty elimination; economics and finance; policy analysis; and public advocacy.

  • This exceptionally significant achievement must be shown to have resulted in a demonstrable increase in the quantity, quality or availability of, or access to, food for a substantial number of people.
  • It must be clearly shown that this increase was the direct result of the specific actions and activities of the nominee (i.e., without his or her specific accomplishment, no change would have occurred).
  • The impact of this achievement must be measurable, quantifiable, or otherwise demonstrated either in terms of reduced poverty, hunger, or suffering; or enhanced health, nutrition, quality of life and well-being.
  • The number of people affected as well as the extent of the change they experienced will be a substantial factor in evaluating the relative significance of the various individual achievements being considered.
  • Substantial weight will also be given to the complexity of the problem solved and the degree of difficulty involved in achieving success. Similarly, consideration will be given to the degree of ingenuity and determination involved in attaining this change or advancement.
  • A nominee must be living and in sufficiently good health to attend The World Food Prize Award Ceremony. The nominee must be able to give an acceptance speech and agree to participate in selected media events and The World Food Prize Youth Institute at the time of the Award Ceremony.
  • The Prize is intended to be awarded to one person. In exceptional circumstances where an additional person (or persons) has collaborated in an indispensable way, more than one person may be included in the nomination. If the Selection Committee judges that this accomplishment was simultaneously attained by two or more individuals working separately, the Selection Committee may recommend that the Prize be shared.

The Selection Committee may also decide to recognize two or more individuals in the same year for: their separate, independent accomplishments in a common area of specialization; or their work in different areas of expertise, which contributed to a significant positive impact in a common country or geographic area. However, it must be demonstrated conclusively that each person contributed in an essential way, and that without each individual’s contribution, no achievement would have been possible.

  • The World Food Prize Selection Committee will determine whether joint nominations meet this criteria, and in cases where it judges this standard has not been met, to limit the number of persons being considered.
  • It is intended that all elements of the food chain be recognized at some point in the awarding of The Prize. In weighing the merits of nominations, consideration may be given to attaining a balance among all segments of the food production and distribution chain in the selection of the Laureate.

Eligibility Criteria

Nominations of worthy candidates are invited from public and private organizations, academic institutions, governmental organizations, and businesses.

Any academic institution, private or public organization, or governmental unit may submit a nomination for the World Food Prize.

Any such entity may submit as many nominations as it sees fit.

All nominations are confidential, and the identities of the nominators and the nominating organization are kept in strict confidence.

Individuals may generate nominations, but the nomination must be endorsed by, and submitted through, an academic institution, private or public organization, or governmental unit.

Submission deadline: 1 May 2019

Source: The World Food Prize Foundation

Illustration Photo: The field visits, at Kiboko and Naivasha research stations involved the assessment of a variety of crop improvement and farming innovations including double haploid technology, maize lethal necrosis screening and sustainable intensification practices. Attendees also had the opportunity to interact with a new seed quality digital platform called SeedAssure and evaluate new maize hybrid varieties. (credits: Jerome Bossuet / CIMMYT / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0))

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