Nominations are being accepted now through May 1 for The World Food Prize, the foremost international award recognizing the accomplishments of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world. The World Food Prize is a $250,000 award that honors the Laureates and launches them into the spotlight worldwide. Recent Laureates include:
- Dr. Gebisa Ejeta: After receiving the World Food Prize in 2009, the plant geneticist was appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama to the Board of International Food & Agricultural Development (BIFAD). In 2010, Ejeta was appointed a U.S. Science Envoy by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (one of three); in that role, he has visited South Africa, Ethiopia, and Tanzania on behalf of the U.S. Government. He also founded the Purdue Center for Global Food Security and was appointed to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Agricultural Development Program and the CGIAR Consortium Board.
- Jo Luck: After receiving the World Food Prize in 2010, the grassroots leader was also appointed to BIFAD. She was also appointed to the Dupont Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation & Productivity, the Chicago Council’s Global Agricultural Development Initiative Advisory Group, and the Farm Foundations’ Dialogue on Food and Agriculture Steering Committee. Additionally, Luck was invited to serve as Chair of the Program Oversight Panel for the CGIAR Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems in association with the WorldFish Center in Malaysia.
Nominations are sought of an individual or individuals having demonstrated exceptional achievement in any field involved in enhancing food production and distribution and increasing food availability and accessibility to those most in need. Any academic or research institution, private or public organization, corporate entity, or governmental unit may submit a nomination for The World Food Prize.