The World Food Prize Foundation

Global Nomination Process for Agricultural Innovators Opens


The World Food Prize Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the internationally renowned World Food Prize that recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who have worked to improve the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. 

“The World Food Prize Foundation annually seeks to elevate the work of leaders in agriculture and food systems to feed the world in a sustainable and nutritious manner,” said Barbara Stinson, president of the World Food Prize Foundation. “We must honor accomplishments and progress, and inspire further action, particularly by women-led initiatives and young leaders.”

Nominations of worthy candidates are invited from public and private organizations, academic institutions, governmental organizations and businesses. Nomination criteria, the selection procedure and other information can be found at Nominations will be accepted through May 1, 2020 for the 2021 Prize. 

In 2019 the World Food Prize was awarded to Simon N. Groot of the Netherlands. Groot is the founder of East-West Seed, a company whose impact has spread over many countries, impacting millions of smallholder farmers. Groot’s efforts resulted in enhanced vegetable production, benefiting millions of consumers and allowing for access to healthy, nutritious diets. “You have to share your knowledge if you want to make the world better,” said Groot.

In its 33-year history, this reputable $250,000 award has been presented to 49 high-achieving individuals from 19 countries. Founded by Dr. Norman Borlaug in 1986, the World Food Prize is the highest honor that an individual can receive in terms of exceptional achievements in improving the quality, quantity and availability of the world’s food supply and access to it. The 2020 award will be presented at the World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony in Des Moines, Iowa, this upcoming October. 

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