The World Agriculture Prize will be awarded to an academic/faculty member from a higher education institution working in the disciplines relating to the agricultural and life sciences – including but not limited to agriculture, forestry, natural resources, food, bio based products, bioenergy, rural development and the environment. Such disciplines are inclusive of both the natural and social sciences. The World Agriculture Prize will be awarded in recognition of the academic/faculty member’s life time achievements.
Higher education institutions have the mission to:
- deliver degree programmes to provide their graduates with the competences, creativity, entrepreneurship, and the values to be responsible citizens and agents of positive change to enable them to succeed in their chosen careers,
- to conduct research for the benefit of society, and
- to engage with government, enterprises and non-government organisations in knowledge transfer and innovation ventures which will lead to the enhancement of society’s well being.
The nominee will demonstrate exceptional and significant achievement in his or her engagement in the mission of higher education institutions relating to the agricultural and life sciences – in education, research and innovation. This impact will most likely be demonstrated in the work of the nominee in the development of the institution(s) in which the nominee has served, and in the local and wider geographical region of those institution(s), but not necessarily globally. This engagement in the mission of higher education institutions will most likely have changed in emphasis, scope and the level of achievement as the nominee’s career has progressed.
To be more specific, the nomination will demonstrate the extent to which the nominee has
- provided innovation and leadership in the education programmes of students at all levels,
- engaged in research for the advancement of science for the benefit of society,
- engaged with the higher education institutions’ stakeholders, enterprises, government and NGOs in the immediate locality and internationally, and
- been an inspiration to students, to colleagues at all levels and to leaders in the wider regional international community.
It must be clearly shown that the achievements of the nominee have been the direct result of the specific actions and activities of the nominee (i.e., without his or her specific accomplishment, the change would unlikely have occurred).
- The impact of these achievements must be measurable, quantifiable, or otherwise demonstrated
- The number of people affected as well as the extent and benefit of the change they experienced will be a substantial factor in evaluating the relative significance of the various individual achievements being considered.
- Substantial weight will also be given to the complexity of the activities and the degree of difficulty involved in achieving success. Similarly, consideration will be given to the vision, ingenuity and determination involved in attaining the changes and or advancements.
- A nominee must be living and in sufficiently good health to attend The World Agriculture Prize Award Ceremony to be held during the RUFORUM Biennial Meeting from 17 to 21 October 2016. The nominee must be able to give an acceptance speech and agree to participate in selected media events.
- The Prize will be awarded to one person.