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

Application Deadline: All submissions are due by May 1.  

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.

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.

Nomination Documentation

Any academic institution, private or public organization, or governmental unit may submit a nomination for the World Food Prize. Any such entity may submit as many nominations as it sees fit. All nominations are confidential, and the identities of the nominators and the nominating organization are kept in strict confidence.

Nomination Form


Upon entering the site, you will create a user name and password, which you can use to access your nomination at any time.

After creating your password, you will be asked to complete three steps to fill out the nomination form. You must complete each step before you will be allowed to progress to the next. You may save your progress at any point and return later to complete the nomination using your login information.


You will be required to fill out these fields:
Nominator Name
Current Position (Title)
Phone number
Mailing Address


You will be required to fill out these fields:
Nominee Name
Current Position and Organization
Date of Birth
Country of Origin
Synopsis of Achievement (150 words or less)

You will be required to upload these separate documents:
Nominee Resume or CV
Photo of nominee
Statement of Achievement
Statement of Impact


You will be required to upload these separate documents:
Nomination letter from the nominator 2 seconding nomination letters
Up to 5 additional documents (optional)

All submissions are due by May 1. To submit the nomination, you must click the button “SUBMIT MY NOMINATION”. Upon submitting the form, you should see a confirmation message.


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