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 goals 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 have 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 prizewinner 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, a diploma and a trophy.
The Yara Prize can be awarded to any qualified candidate or candidates recognized for their contributions to reducing hunger and poverty in Africa. The Yara Prize shall have a focus on food: The improvement of food production and availability and the development of local markets in Africa, as a contribution to reducing hunger and poverty.
The prize recognizes such efforts and results in any field of work clearly related to combating hunger, improving health and reducing poverty in Africa, within every aspect of agriculture and food production supporting the development of both the input and the output market, particularly:
African food systems: Agricultural productivity, soil fertility and protection, water management
African food security: Food production and availability, distribution systems and creation of local markets, human nutrition
African sustainable agriculture: National policies and politics to enhance awareness of the importance of agricultural inputs (such as seeds and fertilizers) and promote sustainable food production methods
Nomination deadline: April 1
The nomination process for the 2010 Yara Prize starts with the submission of written nominations to the Yara Prize Secretariat by April 1, 2010. The Yara Prize Secretariat then assists the prize committee in screening and selecting candidates. The name of the 2010 Yara Prize Winner will be announced in June.
The Yara Prize Committee chooses the prizewinner by unanimous vote. The committee has absolute authority and its decisions cannot be overruled or appealed. For more information, visit this link.