Applications Open for 2019 Al-Sumait Prize for Food Security!


Deadline: 30 April 2019

Applications are open for 2019 Al-Sumait Prize “Food Security” to recognize best studies, scientific projects, applied research, and innovative initiatives that have a significant impact and lasting influence on advancing progress to economic and social development in Africa.

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The prize is to be awarded to individuals or institutions who through their research projects or initiatives have made significant advancement within one or more of the following areas:

  • Developing new varieties of seeds, crops or livestock which can improve the food security of the poor population in Africa by increasing the calorific and nutritional value of food produced and consumed domestically.
  • Improving farmers’ access to agricultural inputs, techniques, technologies and markets so as to increase the availability of staple products which form a core part of the diet of the poorest people in Africa.
  • Improving farmers’ resilience to climate change and extreme weather conditions.
  • Improving marketing and adopting modern business strategies.
  • Addressing issues relevant to gender equity in the field of the Prize.

Prize Information

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The Prize is worth 1 Million US Dollars.

Eligibility Criteria

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  • The nominated candidates’ research work or projects and initiatives must be innovative and must have achieved high-impact in line with international standards for the prize.
  • The submitted work must be of paramount importance in promoting significant economic, social, human resources and infrastructure development in the African continent within the announced field of the prize.
  • Submitted research work of a nominated candidate should be composed of studies and applied research, published in referred journals and recognized at a global level within the announced field. The research outcomes need to have been applied after publication in African countries within the past ten Adequate supporting evidence needs to be provided.
  • Nominations are to be accepted from institutions and scientific centers (universities, institutes and centers of scientific research) as well as from competent regional or international and UN organizations and awards and former winners in the field of the prize or former evaluation members Nominations will only be accepted through institutions or other possible nominators mentioned above.
  • All submissions must be submitted in English. If the work is carried out in other working UN languages, a comprehensive summary of the nominated work in English must be submitted.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must fill the nomination form via given website.

Eligible CountriesAlgeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Cote d’Ivorie, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

For more information, please visit http://www.alsumaitprize.org/nominations/

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  • Avatar Mshunga Saidi Mgonja says:

    I am looking for grant to operating my organisation.
    we are non profit making organization, working with small scale farmer groups , in Tarime Mara in Tanzania. We have a problem of fund for operating our daily activities.

  • Avatar Tesfaye Humnessa says:

    can i apply my title on wild edible foods

    • Avatar Priyanka says:

      Hi Tesfaye Humnessa,

      To learn more on eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good luck!

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