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$75,000 grant for the scaling up of research.

Applications for 2019 are now open. They are welcomed from academic or research institutions, civil societies and the private sector, and can focus on any region, environment, crop or part of the agricultural supply chain.

They will be judged by an independent jury of experts and awarded in conjunction with the Agropolis Louis Malassis International Scientific Prizes for Agriculture and Food.

Click here for more details and to apply.

The 2017 Prize went to Durum wheat breeder Dr Filippo Bassi of ICARDA for his development of a strain of heat-tolerant wheat. Able to withstand the 40°C temperatures of sub-Saharan Africa, the wheat can also grow quickly so farmers can maximise land that lies fallow after the eight month rice crop, in a country where overall yields are among the lowest in the world. Since receipt of the prize funding, the first 10 tonnes of certified grains have now been produced by two Senegalese farming communities - one being a female cooperative of 50 women. Once fully scaled, the goal to produce 1,000 tonnes of seeds in the next three years. 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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