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The 2016 World Food Prize

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.

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.

Nominations are sought of an individual or individuals having demonstrated exceptional achievement in any field involved in enhancing food production and distribution and increasing food availability and accessibility to those most in need. Any academic or research institution, private or public organization, corporate entity, or governmental unit may submit a nomination for The World Food Prize

Fields of achievement

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.

Application guidelines

  • 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.

More information at The World Food Prize

The 2016 World Food Prize