Food Prize

Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security

As part of our 25th Anniversary celebrations in 2014, we launched the Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security in partnership with the international scientific organisation, Agropolis Fondation.

In line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the Prize is open to both research teams and individuals globally and rewards research that carries a significant potential impact on the four As of food security: availability (is there enough), accessibility (in the right place), affordability (for the whole population) and adequacy (for a nutritious, balanced diet). The winner receives an unrestricted US$50,000 grant for the scaling up of research.

Our 2017 winner is Dr Bassi of ICARDA. His team have developed a super heat tolerant wheat for farmers in the Senegal Basin. You can also read his plea to the COP 23 Committee on the Huffington Post.

In 2015, the inaugural prize was awarded to a research team based at Cornell University who are revolutionising the way rice is grown. Read Professor Uphoff’s blog on the invisible life in soil systems.


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