Nominations for the 2017 edition of the Africa Food Prize have been open for quite a while.
The Africa Food Prize initiative has the aim of encouraging and recognizing individuals and institutions revolutionizing the agricultural sector in Africa.
By recognizing said individuals/organizations who are taking giant strides in farming, the Africa Food Prize group get the chance to facilitate the replication of the schemes adopted by these revolutionary thinkers in other parts of Africa.
According to the organization, the following are the prize objectives.
The Africa Food Prize recognizes extraordinary women, men, and institutions whose outstanding contributions to African agriculture are forging a new era of sustainable food security and economic opportunity that elevates all Africans.
Building on the values and principles established by the Yara Prize, the Africa Food Prize puts a bright spotlight on achievements and innovations with transformative power that can be scaled and replicated across the continent to eliminate hunger and poverty and provide a vital new source of employment and income.
The 2017 winner will be chosen unanimously by the Africa Food Prize Committee which includes; H.E Olusegun Obasanjo who chairs the committee, Prof. Calestous Juma, Dr Eleni Z. Gabre-Madhin, Prof. Joachim von Braun, and Amb. Sheila Sisulu. The winner will be picked based on the following criteria:
- Contribution to reducing poverty and hunger and/or improving food and nutrition security in measurable terms
- Contribution to providing a vital source of income and/or employment in measurable terms
- Potential for transformative change through scalability, replication, and sustainability increased awareness and cooperation among African audiences and organizations
- Proven leadership potential of the individual or organization, specifically the ability to persevere despite significant challenges or risks
In its inaugural year, the Africa Food Prize of $100,000 was awarded to Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze for his role in advancing rural development, with small-scale African farmers at the core.
Dr Nwanze, the outgoing President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said:
“It was an honour to be the first recipient of the Africa Food Prize and to be selected from amongst the many agricultural champions across the continent, to help highlight the critical role that smallholder agriculture plays in driving our economies,”
“You do not have to be the head of a global organization to be awarded. You just need to be dedicated to African agriculture, be deeply convinced of its transformative power for economies and families, and have made a significant contribution towards realizing this dream”
DEADLINE: Nominations close on Monday 5th June, 2017. The winner of the Africa Food Prize 2017 will be awarded at the Africa Food Prize gala dinner on 6th September 2017 during the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) 2017, 4-8 September 2017 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
To nominate an organization/individual for the Africa Food Prize, visit the official website at: http://www.africafoodprize.org/africa-food-prize-nominations-2017.html