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The Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security

DEADLINE EXTENDED until 12 February 2017, 11:59 PM (CET, France)

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

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.

Applications for the 2nd edition of the Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security open on 12 October 2016 and close on 12 February 2017. We invite applications from research projects in plant science, soil science, nutritional science, agricultural sciences or other field of scientific research impacting food security, focused on any part of the agricultural supply chain. The winning research project will receive US$50,000 unrestricted funding to support its further development.

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 of the Prize will receive US$50,000 (including VAT where applicable) which is to be spent unrestrictedly on furthering the research project and/or scaling up its impact.

Click here for more details on eligibility and how to apply.

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 is contributing to global food security in many other ways: