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Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security

In 2014, the Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security was launched in partnership with international scientific organisation, Agropolis Fondation.

We would like to thank all the candidates who applied for the Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security (2nd edition), launched in partnership with scientific partner Agropolis Fondation. With applications now closed, the standard of entries has been very high – we wish all candidates the best of luck. Among the 92 applicants, we are pleased to see strong agricultural research projects across 4 continents from countries including Brazil, Nepal, Mali, Namibia and USA among many others.

The winner of the Olam Prize will be selected by an independent jury of international experts, who will recognise an innovative scientific research project for its potential impact on the availability, affordability, accessibility and adequacy of food. The Olam Prize is judged and awarded in conjunction with Agropolis Fondation’s Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize for Agriculture and Food, which recognises individuals for their contribution to research, development and capacity building to improve sustainability of food and agricultural systems, food security and poverty reduction.

The winner will receive a total prize of US$50,000 unrestricted funding to support its further development. The laureate will also have the opportunity to work with Olam International to develop the practical application of their innovation with the company’s expertise and agricultural supply chains spanning 47 products in 70 countries.

The Olam Prize is one of 4 initiatives that have been launched to celebrate Olam’s 25th anniversary, and which will encourage us to continue to grow responsibly while addressing some of the global challenges facing the next generation. Find out more here.

Scientific innovation will be essential to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal #2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. The Olam Prize aims to advance knowledge and recognise innovation in world food security, by rewarding an outstanding research project for its potential impact on the availability, affordability, accessibility or adequacy of food.

In 2015, the inaugural Olam International Prize for Innovation in Food Security was awarded to the SRI International Network and Resources Center (SRI-Rice) for their work on the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), a game-changing innovation that enhances productivity of rice paddy, water conservation, livelihoods, biodiversity, environmental quality and crop resilience to climate stress.

Olam contributes to global food security in other ways: