World Food Prize Laureate 2021 – Call for Nominations ($250,000 Prize)

Deadline: May 1, 2020

The World Food Prize Foundation invites nominations for the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate. The World Food Prize is awarded for a specific, exceptionally significant, individual achievement that advances human development with a demonstrable increase in the quantity, quality, availability of, or access to food through creative interventions at any point within the full scope of the food system.

Do you know a woman #HungerFighter? Could she follow in the footsteps of past World Food Prize Laureates, like Jo Luck, Catherine Bertini and Drs. Maria Andrade, Jan Low, Mary-Dell Chilton and Evangelina Villegas? Nominate her for the 2021 World Food Prize at the link below! The 2021 recipient will be formally honoured at the World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony on October 21, 2021, and receive $250,000.


Each October, the $250,000 World Food Prize is presented to a worthy individual. As we confront the single greatest challenge in human history – whether we can sustainably feed the more than 9 billion people who will inhabit our planet by 2050 – it is more critical than ever that the World Food Prize honors and inspires great achievements in food and agriculture. To continue Dr. Borlaug’s dream, please consider nominating an individual or individuals who have made the breakthrough achievements needed to ensure adequate food for all humankind in the 21st century.

In providing recognition to modern-day pioneers in food and agriculture, the World Food Prize seeks to shine a spotlight on their critical accomplishments that may also inspire future achievement by scientists, policymakers, leaders of nongovernmental organizations, businesses and others working on key issues and solutions that can have a profound impact on ensuring global food security.

The esteemed prize celebrates achievements across the agricultural sector, from innovations in soil and land; plant and animal science; food science and technology; nutrition; conservation; through to supply chain; economics and finance; policy analysis; and public advocacy.


The 2021 recipient will be formally honoured at the World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony on October 21, 2021, and receive $250,000.

Nomination Criteria

  • The World Food Prize is not limited to women candidates, though – any individual who has made a significant contribution to furthering food security is eligible.
  • 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, packaging and storage; 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 implementation; and public advocacy.
  • This exceptionally significant achievement must be shown to have resulted in a demonstrable increase in the quantity, quality, availability of, or access to food for a large number of people.
  • 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.
  • It must be clearly shown that this increase in food security 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.
  • 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 Global 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. 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 a joint nomination meets these criteria, and in cases where it judges this standard has not been met, to limit the number of persons being considered.


Click here to apply.

For more information, visit World Food Prize.


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