Celebrate the accomplishments of those who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world, by nominating an individual or individuals for the 2022 World Food Prize!
Nominations are now open for the 2022 World Food Prize, which has been referred to as the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture.” The prize is a $250,000 award formally presented at the Laureate Award Ceremony in mid-October in conjunction with the Borlaug Dialogue. The deadline to nominate is May 1, 2022.
Since 1987, the prize has been awarded annually to more than 50 Laureates from all over the world who have helped advance human development by increasing the quantity, quality, availability of, or access to, food through creative interventions. Over the years, Laureates have come from a wide range of fields, ranging from plant science and nutrition to natural resource conservation and food technology. You can watch last year’s award ceremony below:
The World Food Prize Foundation is looking for a specific, exceptional individual achievement. This means that it is imperative that the impact is measurable in terms of improved nutrition, health or wellbeing – or in the form of reduced hunger, poverty or suffering. While the prize is open to anyone, the Foundation especially welcomes women and nominees from the Global South. And with that in mind, people of any age can be nominated – but they must be in sufficiently good health to be able to accept the prize in person, should they win.
Finally, while the prize has been awarded to multiple individuals in the past, it is primarily intended for one person only. Any exception to this rule requires that each individual’s contribution to the achievement can be clearly demonstrated.
How to submit a nomination
First and foremost, it is important to note that potential nominees cannot nominate themselves. Instead, they must be nominated by their peers or colleagues who are looking to shine a light on their contributions. Anyone who is interested in doing so can submit a nomination here.
Early next year, the World Food Prize Foundation will hold informational webinars for anyone who is interested in nominating a candidate. These webinars are excellent opportunities to ask questions and learn more about the nomination process in general.
Anyone who is interested in learning more can have a look at a recording of this past year’s webinar here, which outlines how to submit a nomination, and addresses questions on the required documentation, how long applications are valid, how to update applicant information, and more.