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 25, 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.

World Agriculture Prize

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.

Nomination Criteria

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.

Nominations

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.

The following list details the information that will be required.

  • Nominating Organization: Name(s) of the person(s) submitting the nomination, the name of the nominating organization, mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number. The nomination must be endorsed by a senior official of the nominating organization, certifying the accuracy of the information.
  • Nominee Name: Nominee’s name, current position, mailing address, e-mail address and telephone number.
  • Biographical Information: Photograph, Date and place of birth, education, and a resume or CV detailing the nominee's positions held, professional affiliations, honors, and awards.
  • Summary: Summary of the nominee's achievement, in 200 words or less.
  • Statement of Achievement: In no more than two pages, describe the nominee’s specific achievement, which has significantly increased the quality, quantity, or availability of, or access to, food. The nominee should be nominated for one specific, measurable and sustainable achievement.
  • Statement of Impact: In no more than two pages, describe the impact of the nominee's achievement in terms of: the number of people affected; the directness of the impact; the geographical boundaries of the impact; and its effect over time on the well-being of the people affected through either enhanced health, nutrition and quality of life, or reduced levels of poverty, hunger and malnutrition. The most compelling nominations will demonstrate quantitatively the change or changes that occurred as a direct result of the nominee’s achievement.
  • Seconding Nominations: A letter seconding the nomination must be provided from at least two individuals who are familiar with the nominee’s work, but who are not directly associated with the nominating organization. Letters seconding the nomination should support the data regarding the nominee’s achievement as well as its impact on the people.
  • Supporting Documents: Documents should be provided that support the nomination including, but not limited to, articles describing the nominee’s achievements and the impact of his or her work; and publications by or about the nominee that directly relate to the nomination.
  • All text documents must be submitted in Microsoft Word format and will be used to prepare press material in case of nominee winning the award.
Selection Procedure

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.

Global Awards Jury of 1st World Agriculture Prize
  • Dr. Ameenah Faqim, Hon’ble former President of the Republic of Mauritius
  • Prof. MS Swaminathan, Pioneer of India’s Green Revolution
  • Dr. HK Bhanwala, Chairman, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Ms. M. Ann Tutwiler,Director General, Bioversity International, The World Agrobiodiversity Research and Innovation Center
  • Dr. Ismail Serageldin, Director, Cairo Institute and former Vice President, World Bank
  • Dr. David Bergvinson, Director General, International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics
  • Dr. Ruby Rabbinge, Special Envoy – Food Security, Government of Netherlands
  • Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Dr. I. Mayaki, CEO, New Partnership for African Development and former Prime Minister, Niger
  • Mr. Mustafa Kamal, Hon’ble Minister of Planning, Government of Bangladesh