World Food Prize Foundation 2025 Prize for Significant Achievements in Food Sector

Competition Grant / Award in Other
  • Apply Before : May 1, 2024

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 13711
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Fields of study Food and Agriculture
  • Opportunity Type : Partially Funded
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

Nominations are open for the 2025 World Food Prize for a specific, exceptionally significant individual achievement in the field of food.  The World Food Prize honors remarkable individual achievements that significantly advance human development by enhancing food quantity, quality, availability, or access across the food system. These achievements span various fields, such as soil and land management, plant and animal sciences, food technology, rural development, and more.

The achievement’s impact must be evident in tangible improvements, such as reduced poverty, hunger, or suffering or enhanced health and well-being for a substantial population. It must be directly attributed to the nominee’s specific actions and initiatives.

Nominees must be alive and able to participate in the award ceremony, deliver an acceptance speech, and engage in media events and the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute.

While the prize typically goes to an individual, in exceptional cases where collaboration is essential, multiple individuals may be considered. However, each collaborator’s indispensable contribution must be demonstrated. The Selection Committee evaluates joint nominations to ensure they meet these criteria.

Key Details

Nomination Deadline: 1 May 2024

Awarding Institution: World Food Prize Foundation 

Number of the Winners: 1

Program Type: Prize

Eligible Countries: All

Field: Food and Agriculture

Prize Nomiation Criteria

Nominating organizations should meet the following criteria:

  • Nominators can be any academic institution, private or public organization, or governmental unit that can submit a nomination for the World Food Prize.
  • Entities can submit multiple nominations.
  • Nominations are confidential; the identities of nominators and organizations are kept confidential.
  • Individuals may propose nominations but must be endorsed and submitted through an eligible entity.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted.
  • The foundation awards the prize to one person except for the exceptional case where another individual has collaborated directly in attaining the achievement.

The Achievements can fall into the following categories but are not limited to:

  • Soil and land, food science and technology, nutrition, rural development, marketing, food processing, plant and animal science, packaging and storage, economics and finance, water and the environment, natural resource conservation, physical infrastructure, unique or extraordinary feeding programs, social organization, and poverty elimination, policy analysis and implementation, public advocacy, physical infrastructure, transportation, and distribution.
  • The achievement must have significantly impacted many people’s quantity, quality, availability, or access to food.
  • The resulting impact must be measurable, quantifiable, or demonstrated regarding decreased poverty, hunger, suffering, health, nutrition, living quality, and well-being.
  • The nominees’ activities must demonstrate that they have led to increased food security and sensible change in the sector.
  • The nominee must be healthy enough to attend the price awarding ceremony, deliver an acceptance speech, and attend media events.
  • At least three years of experience in starting your work.

Nomination Criteria and Process

The World Food Prize Secretariat reviews and forwards nominations to the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee recommends recipients based on criteria and forwards them for final approval. Please remember that incomplete nominations will not be considered.

Selection Committee Composition
    • Panel of experts in plant science, agriculture, policy, nutrition, and related fields.
    • Chaired by Dr. Gebisa Ejeta, other members remain anonymous.
    • Minutes and member views are not disclosed.
Role of the President:
    • Serves as advisor to the Selection Committee.
    • Does not influence deliberations or participate in voting.
Factors Considered in Choosing a Laureate

The selection committee will consider these selection criteria before selecting the laureate:

    • Impact on people and magnitude of change.
    • Complexity and difficulty of the achievement.
    • Ingenuity and determination were demonstrated.
    • Possibility of shared recognition for joint achievements.
    • Recognition of individuals’ contributions across different areas or regions.
    • Aim to represent all segments of the food system.
    • Diversity of nominees in geography, gender, age, race, and ethnicity.
    • Emphasis on promoting peaceful resolution of conflicts per Dr. Borlaug’s legacy.

Required Documents

To nominate, visit the online form and provide the following information:

  • Nominator Information: Name(s), organization, address, email, and phone number. Must be endorsed by a senior official of the nominating organization.
  • Nominee Information: Name, position, contact details, birth details, and citizenship.
  • Biographical Information: Resume/CV detailing positions, education, affiliations, and awards.
  • Photograph of the nominee.
  • Synopsis: Brief justification (150 words or less) for why the nominee should receive the World Food Prize.
  • Statement of Achievement: Describe one specific, measurable, sustainable achievement related to food.
  • Statement of Impact: Describe the achievement’s impact on health, nutrition, poverty, hunger, and malnutrition.
  • Seconding Nominations: Two letters from individuals familiar with the nominee’s work but not associated with the nominating organization.
  • Supporting Documents: Relevant articles and publications in digital format.


  • Documents must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
  • Nominee information may be used for press materials if they win the prize.

How to Apply?

To apply for the prize, eligible applicants can fill out and submit the online nomination form.


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Please visit the World Food Prize website for more detailed information about eligibility, timeframe, and past winners.


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