The Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application 753 views

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The World Food Prize Foundation is calling for nominations for The Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application for 2019, which will honor 1 young individual with outstanding, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production. The winning laureate would be one who has clearly demonstrated intellectual courage, stamina, and determination in the fight to eliminate global hunger and poverty. The nominee must be working closely and directly “in the field” or at the production or processing level with farmers, animal herders, fishers or others in rural communities, in any discipline or enterprise across the entire food production, processing, and distribution chain.

The Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application will be presented in a ceremony during the World Food Prize Week in Des Moines, Iowa, USA, on or near World Food Day, 16 October 2019.


The winner will receive US$10,000 and will be provided with round trip air transportation as well as meals and lodging while in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

To receive the award, individuals selected must attend the award ceremony and also participate in media events and other World Food Prize events in mid-October in Des Moines, Iowa, United States.


Nominees must be individuals below the age of 40, actively working in the discipline, research area, position, or on the project(s) for which they are being recognized. Nominees may be associated with a public or private educational, research or development organization or related entity. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Nominees will be evaluated on criteria such as, but not limited to: persistence, even in the face of adversity, limited resources, and/or critique from colleagues; innovation; communication; research/science; extension of innovative discoveries and technologies in plant science, animal science, and/or food science to underserved farmers and consumers; education; application; leadership; and impact (increasing the amount of food available).

Nominations may come from individuals or organizations, who should have a direct knowledge of the nominee’s work. They have to provide a number of specific examples, explaining how the nominee’s accomplishments align with the award criteria. Self-nominations will not be accepted.


Nominations are to be done online by 15 June 2019.

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