The World Agriculture Prizes will be awarded to academics/faculty members from higher education institutions 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 Prizes will be awarded in recognition of the academic/faculty member’s life time achievements.
In 2020 there will be two Prizes awarded each of 100,000 USD. At least one of the two prizes will be awarded to a person coming from a developing country (any country, not found on the list in the Annex to the Terms and Conditions for Submitting a Nomination for the Prize classified as having a developed economy ). Nominations are invited for these two prizes.
A 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 the Bachelor and Master levels, and in the delivery of life long learning,
- engaged in research for the advancement of science for the benefit of society, working with colleagues, and mentoring PhD Students and Post Doctorate staff,
- provided leadership in the strategic development of the institution(s) in which the nominee has worked, not necessarily only in his/her home institution but in other institutions regionally or internationally,
- engaged with the higher education institutions’ stakeholders, enterprises, government, NGOs and civil society in the immediate locality, regionally and internationally to strengthen knowledge transfer, innovation initiatives, and outreach ventures which have led to the enhancement of society’s well being.
- been an inspiration to students, to colleagues at all levels and to leaders in the wider regional and 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 GCHERA World Agriculture Prize Award Ceremony to be held at Nanjing Agricultural University on 28 October 2020. The nominee must be able to give an acceptance speech, a presentation and agree to participate in selected media events.
- Each of the two prizes will be awarded to a single person.
Download from this page the Terms and Conditions for Submitting a Nomination for the Prize