Call for Nominations: $60,000 Yara Prize for Agriculture Innovation in Africa 2013.

Deadline: May 3rd 2013
The Yara Prize Committee is inviting nominations for a candidate that deserves recognition for achievements in combating hunger and poverty and enhancing food security and sustainable agricultural development in Africa.
The mission of the Yara Prize is to contribute to the transformation of African agriculture and food and nutrition security, within a sustainable context, thereby helping to reduce hunger and poverty.
The Yara Prize was established in 2005 as a direct response to the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s call for a green revolution in Africa in 2004. It aims at celebrating significant achievements related to food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture with a transformative power.

In 2013, the Yara Prize will have a specific focus on young women and men who are making a particular effort within agriculture paying particular attention to innovation and entrepreneurship.


  • The Yara Prize shall recognize outstanding contributions to sustainable food production with socio-economic impact in the smallholder sector
  • The Yara Prize shall recognize food and nutrition security and sustainable agricultural initiatives with a transformative power and serve as inspiration for action to scale up the African green revolution
  • The Yara Prize shall increase awareness of social and environmental conditions in Africa and the prevailing dynamics affecting agriculture and food and nutrition security
  • The Yara Prize shall provide inspirational example(s) of African leadership.


The Yara Prize can be awarded to any individual or identifiable group of individuals, as well as to established institutions, associations, organizations or government bodies with a formal and recognized judicial and organizational structure contributing to the overall objectives of the Prize.

The Prize can be awarded to any qualified candidate, irrespective of nationality, profession or location, whose work, and contributions deriving from the work, has had a clear impact on the African situation, nationally, regionally or for the continent.

The Prize can be awarded with reference to a specific contribution or achievement, or a series of efforts and results; recently or in the past, or over a period of time – judged as viable and in accordance with acknowledged principles of sustainability.

Current or recent members of the Yara Prize Committee, or an institution/organization headed by such a member, are ineligible for the Prize. The Prize cannot be awarded to a person already deceased, but will be presented in the event a Prize winner dies before receiving the Prize.

The Prize can be awarded to more than one winner, but not more than two. If shared, each winner will receive equal prize money (USD 60 000 divided in two), a diploma and a trophy.

Nomination Guidelines

To be eligible for the Prize, a nomination must be submitted in writing, in English or French. Please use these guidelines to ensure that we can properly evaluate your nomination. Full guidelines in both English and French can be downloaded from the links to the right.

In order to be considered by the Prize Committee, all nominations and supporting documentation must be received by May 3, 2013.

All nominations are confidential and the identity of the nominator, or nominating organization, will be kept in confidence.

Nominations should be sent to:

The Yara Prize 2013
Attn: Camilla Nyhuus Skauan
Address: Yara Prize Secretariat, P.O. Box 2464 Solli, N-0202 Oslo, Norway
Tel: + 47 24 15 70 00
Fax: + 47 24 15 70 01
e-mail: [email protected]


Please structure your nomination as below. The following information is the required minimum.

Name Full name of the nominator (Given name; family name)
Position Affiliation – professional, organizational
Address Professional – postal and e-mail
Telephone Contact phone numbers of nominator

About the NOMINEE
Name Full name of Prize candidate (Given name; family name)
Position Affiliation – professional or organizational, of the nominee
Address Professional – postal and e-mail
Telephone Contact phone numbers of nominee
Biographical details
• Date and place of birth
• Nationality
• Education
• Past and present positions
• Past and present professional affiliations
• Honors and awards

In brief: a short summary outlining the key arguments for the nomination (max: 500 words)

In detail: background, factual and detailed arguments for the nomination, which can include:

Direct achievements; the nominee’s contributions …
… in measurable terms (results)
… in non-measurable terms
… to co-operation

Indirect impacts; the nominee’s contributions …
… to work/results achieved by others
… as visionary, motivator and mobilizer
… to public knowledge and awareness

Supporting documents
• Citations and honors
• Recommendations
• Own articles, written work

Nomination guidelines in English

Nomination guidelines in French


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