Agriculture has been the foremost engagement of human beings since their existence and will continue to be imperative given the fact that food is necessary for survival. The shift in lifestyle of humans from their nomadic way of life to the settled way of life has become possible due to development and adoption of early agriculture practices. In this journey of transformation from famine to food sufficiency and from hunger and mal-nutrition to healthy diets, certain individuals and institutions played critical roles. Still there is a long way to go in making the planet free from hunger and malnutrition. Considering the ever-increasing population, changing climatic pattern, shrinking resource base and increasing disposable incomes resulting in higher demand for safe and quality food, agriculture is continuously evolving to support the humankind. Developing and underdeveloped nations in order to boost food production need cooperation, collaboration and learning of global experiences. Youth are moving away from farming and educated class sees farming as last option. They need role models and inspirations. India has come a long way from the pre-Green Revolution days of ‘ship to mouth’ to a situation now, where warehouses are over-flowing with food grains. Over the years, India has taken leadership position in the world agriculture and is now is in a position to benefit the developing world with its experiences and diversity of learning through Green Revolution in food production, White Revolution in milk, Blue Revolution in fisheries and Golden Revolution in horticulture production.
As India is strongly positioning itself in global scenario, it is high time for India to recognize the efforts of doyens in agriculture and especially those who have contributed to the global food security. The institution of World Agriculture Prize and starting the series of Global Dialogue on Climate Change and Food Security will provide great avenues to India and the world to learn from experiences and success stories of developed nations and replicate them in Indian and developing world context to deal with the challenge of climate extremes and ensure sustainable global food security.
With this vision to recognize the individuals, who have served the humanity through agriculture, Indian Council of Food and Agriculture is moving to create World Agriculture Prize, to be presented annually to an individual or institution, who played seminal role in transforming agriculture globally and saving the humanity from the curse of hunger. A high level international selection committee is constituted to decide the name of 1st World Agriculture Prize Laureate.
The World Agriculture Prize will be a single prize of $100,000 and will be launched with a special session, named “Swaminathan Global Dialogue on Climate Change and Food Security” on Oct 26, 2018, as part of the Global Agriculture Leadership Summit and AgroWorld 2018 in New Delhi. The special session on climate change and food security has been incepted with a thought to invite the laureates of food and agriculture world to participate in the World Agriculture Prize event and deliberate on this burning issue to come out with a blue print for climate resilient agriculture in a sustainable manner to safeguard the interests of our future generations.
ICFA invites applications and nominations for the 1st World Agriculture Prize from the individuals and institutions, who have played transformational roles and made globally impacting noticeable contributions to the development of agriculture or the global food and nutritional security situation. The contributions of the individuals or institutions should have been well documented and recognized at national and international levels for the impact created towards farmers’ wellbeing or agriculture development. ICFA also invites you to join this exciting event, and also other major concurrent programs: AgroWorld 2018 and Global Agriculture Leadership Summit 2018.
The World Agriculture prize recognizes the individual with exceptionally significant and globally impacting achievements in the field of agriculture, including but not limited to: breeding, food production, soil and land; plant and animal science; food science and technology; nutrition; rural development; water and the environment; natural resource conservation; bio based products, bioenergy; social organization and poverty elimination; finance, investments or budgetray allocations; policy, programs or economic interventions; and public advocacy.
The nominee must establish exceptionally significant achievements, which resulted in a demonstrable increase in the quantity, quality or availability of food for a substantial number of people or improvement in quality of life of farmers or rural masses. The impact of this achievements must be measurable, quantifiable, or otherwise demonstrated either in terms of increased production or productivity, reduced cost of cultivation, improved return on investments, reduced poverty, hunger or suffering; or enhanced health, nutrition, quality of life and well-being. While evaluating significance of the individual achievements as well as complexity of the problem solved will be the important aspects to be considered. The person may be nationally and internationally recognized for the transformational change happened with the interventions or work achievements. The prize will be awarded to one person only and the nominee must be in good state of health to attend the award ceremony to receive the prize personally.
Any individual or institution, private or public organization, may apply or submit a nomination for the World Agriculture Prize. As many nominations as deemed fit may be submitted. All nominations are confidential, and the identities of the nominators and the nominating organization will be kept confidential. Though individuals may generate nominations, but for serving people the nomination must be endorsed by, and submitted through proper channel.
For the application to be considered, nominations with all seconding and supporting documents must be submitted by 15th September of the year. Incomplete nominations will not be considered. After reviewing the nominations for appropriateness and completeness, they will be forwarded to the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee then reviews the nominations and recommends the recipient and first alternate it deems most worthy for the award. The Selection Committee is composed of a panel of distinguished individuals who are knowledgeable about various aspects of plant science, agricultural production, policy and economic scenario, nutrition, food processing, water and the environment.