Africa Food Prize opens nominations phase for 2024 with June 15 deadline

In recognition of the remarkable achievements and innovations within the African Food Systems sector, the prestigious Africa Food Prize has announced the opening of nominations for its 2024 edition.

The renowned award scheme celebrates individuals and organizations driving positive change and promoting sustainable food systems across the continent.

The Africa Food Prize, a symbol of excellence in the agricultural and food systems sectors, honors outstanding contributions to food security,
agricultural development, and economic growth in Africa.

With each passing year, the prize continues to shine a spotlight on visionaries who are revolutionizing the way food is produced, distributed, and consumed,
ultimately improving the lives of millions.

Nominations for the Africa Food Prize 2024 are now being accepted, with individuals, institutions, and initiatives that have made significant strides in
enhancing food security, promoting agricultural sustainability, and fostering innovation, being invited to submit their entries.

The prize recognizes efforts ranging from research and technological advancements to policy advocacy and grassroots initiatives, all of which contribute to building a more resilient and inclusive food system across Africa.

Tanzania’s former president, Jakaya Kikwete, chairman of the Africa Food Prize Committee, emphasized the importance of recognizing and celebrating the unsung heroes who are at the forefront of Africa’s agricultural transformation.

In a statement, Mr Kikwete remarked: “The Africa Food Prize serves as a platform to honor those whose dedication and ingenuity are driving progress towards a hunger free Africa. As we open the call for nominations for the 2024 edition, we look forward to uncovering remarkable stories of resilience, innovation, and impact that are shaping the future of food on our continent.”

The Africa Food Prize seeks nominations from all corners of the continent, spanning diverse fields such as farming, agribusiness, research, education, and spanning diverse fields such as farming, agribusiness, research, education, and policy advocacy.

Nominees will be evaluated based on their demonstrated d based on their demonstrated impact, sustainability, scalability, and potential to inspire positive change impact, sustainability, scalability, and potential to inspire positive change within their communities and beyond. within their communities and beyond.

All nominations are reviewed using the Africa Food Prize criteria that assesses a program’s contribution to poverty reduction and nutrition security as well as improvement of livelihoods through reduction and nutrition security through employment and job creation.

Previous winners of the Africa Food Prize include pioneers in agriculture, entrepreneurs, scientists, and policymakers who have spearheaded
transformative initiatives, from promoting climate smart farming practices to empowering smallholder farmers and enhancing market access for
agricultural products.

The deadline for submitting nominations for the Africa Food Prize 2024 is June 15, 2024. Nomination forms and additional information can be found here.

The Africa Food Prize is the preeminent annual award that recognizes outstanding individuals or institutions that are leading the effort to change the reality of farming in Africa.

The $100,000 prize celebrates Africans who are taking control of Africa’s agriculture agenda. It puts a spotlight on bold initiatives and technical innovations that can be replicated across the continent to create a new era of food security and economic opportunity for all Africans.


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