The Africa Food Prize 2020 committee is inviting nominations for individuals or institutions who are delivering improved food security; catalyzing innovation and transformative change in Africa’s agriculture sector. Do not miss out on the opportunity to bring that leading farmer to the limelight.
This is an opportunity to recognize extraordinary women, men, and institutions whose outstanding contributions to African agriculture are forging a new era of sustainable food security and creating an economic opportunity that elevates all Africans.
The prize is for individuals, groups, institutions, associations, organisations or government bodies who have contributed to the overall objectives of the prize. Also, qualified candidates, irrespective of nationality, profession or location can also receive the award, including those who have made a notable impact in Africa agriculture.
About The Africa Food Prize
The Africa Food Prize is a preeminent award that recognizes outstanding individuals or institutions leading the effort to change the reality of farming in Africa. It recognises an individual whose farming story has changed from the struggle to survive to a business that thrives. It celebrates Africans who are taking control of Africa’s agriculture agenda.
Besides that, it also puts a spotlight on bold initiatives and technical innovations that can be replicated across the continent to create a new era of food security and economic opportunity for all Africans.
It began in 2005 as Yara Prize, organised by Yara International ASA in Norway. Then, it began as a way to honor achievements in African agriculture. Next, in 2016, Yara Prize was renamed the Africa Food Prize in a bit to give it a distinctive African identity and ownership.
Today, it awards a total price of $100,000, a diploma and a trophy. More than one person can receive the award, but not more than two can be a winner. If shared, each winner will receive equal prize money ($100,000 divided into two).
Eligible Criteria for Nomination In The Africa Food Prize
Any individual, academic or research institution, private or public organisation, corporate entity, or government unit may submit a nomination written in English or French.
Thereafter, decisions will be based on the Prize Committee’s research into the deliberations of the nominees’ work and an evaluation of their achievements. Finally, a panel of independent and distinguished leaders in African agriculture sector selects the winner.
Also, the following criteria will be considered of the nominees;
- Contribution to reducing poverty and hunger and/or improving food and nutrition security in measurable terms.
- Contribution to providing a vital source of income and/or employment in measurable terms.
- Potential for transformative change through scalability, replication, and sustainability.
- Increased awareness and cooperation among African audiences and organizations.
- Proven leadership potential of the individual or organisation, specifically the ability to persevere despite significant challenges or risks.
How It Works
To choose the award winner, the Africa Food Prize Committee will particularly emphasize proven, tangible results, scalability and value creation derived from the nominee’s work, directly or indirectly with regard to the improvement of sustainable agriculture, food and nutrition security in Africa.
Also, the Committee will further emphasize the value of the nominees’ achievements with regard to visionary thinking, their role as motivator and rallying point in the campaign against hunger and poverty, as well as their inclination to share knowledge and cooperate.
The Africa Food Prize Committee will also consider the circumstances under which the work has been carried out and results achieved; that is the complexity of the problem and the difficulties, hostilities or prejudices encountered.
Basically, the Africa Food Prize Committee chooses the winner in a unanimous vote. This committee has absolute authority, and its decisions cannot be overruled or appealed.
Please note: All nominations, and the identity of the nominator, or nominating organization, will be kept in confidence.
The window for nominations for the Africa Food Prize 2020 is open and will close on Monday, June 1, 2020. Then, the winner will receive the award in the forthcoming African Green Revolution Forum, scheduled for September. 2020.
Hurry up to nominate here.
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