Second global Olam Prize open for entries

Olam Prize recognizes innovative scientific research for potential impact on availability, affordability, accessibility and adequacy of food.

The quest is on for potentially groundbreaking scientific research into food security that could revolutionize the agriculture industry. Entries are open for the second global Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security (Olam Prize), with $50,000 in funding awarded to the winner.

First launched in 2014 by Olam International, a leading global agribusiness, with scientific partner Agropolis Fondation, the Olam Prize recognizes an innovative scientific research project for its potential impact on the availability, affordability, accessibility and adequacy of food.

The winning research project for the 2016-17 edition will receive $50,000 in unrestricted funding to support its further development. The laureates may also have the opportunity to work with Olam to develop the practical application of their innovation with the company’s expertise in agricultural supply chains spanning 47 products in 70 countries.

Sunny Verghese, Olam co-founder and group chief executive officer, said, “Despite being a global agribusiness, we don’t have all the answers as to how we are going to feed more than 1 billion extra people by 2030, but there are research teams across the world who are uncovering new insights and techniques every day. Through this prize, we hope to support and scale up a breakthrough innovation that will ultimately prevent people from going to bed hungry without depleting our natural resources.”

Applications are welcomed from research projects in nutrition science, plant science, soil science, agricultural sciences or another field of scientific research affecting food security.

Academic or research institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector can submit research based anywhere in the world, focused on innovation for food security in developed and/or developing countries and along any part of the agricultural supply chain.

The Olam Prize will be judged and awarded in conjunction with the Agropolis Louis Malassis International Scientific Prizes for Agriculture & Food. For more details on eligibility and how to apply, visit

The deadline to submit applications is at 23:59 CET (France) on Jan. 25, 2017.

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