With the world’s residents expected to reach 10 billion by 2050, according to a UN report, the Food Planet Prize award is looking for sustainable solutions on how to feed the world’s huge population and revamp the global food sector. 

Created by The Curt Bergfors Foundation – a Swedish foundation established in 2019 to find new ways of reshaping the food global system – the Food Planet Prize is a yearly global food challenge giving startups funding for ‘scalable solution for sustainable foods‘ and the second funds for ‘innovative initiatives that could transform the global food sector‘.

The Curt Bergfors Food Planet Prize(1)
The Curt Bergfors Foundation – funded by Bergfors’ private assets – wants to reshape the food global system so it can feed the world without destroying the planet.

“These are challenges that we all need to engage in,” says Curt Bergfors, a renowned hospitality founder in Sweden.

“Our food system is broken, and the planet is ailing. We are all part of the problem, and we must all try to be part of the solution. I want to contribute through the foundation and these awards.”

Nominations for The Food Planet Prize are now open and the first prizes will be awarded later in 2020.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of international experts, including leading scientists, policymakers, and entrepreneurs.

Eradicating hunger by 2030 is one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the Food Planet Prize award wants to save the world by changing people’s relationship with food waste and eating healthy.

“We need a food-system revolution or risk destabilizing our planet. The new Food Planet Prize is designed to contribute to this goal,” says Johan Rockström, executive director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

“Food has to be partly reinvented all across the chain – from primary sourcing to food and waste management in homes and restaurants,” says Lars Peder Hedberg, Executive Board Director, spokesperson for the Curt Bergfors Foundation.

In addition to the Food Planet Prize, the foundation will also fund a professorship with a focus on transformation to a sustainable food system.

Food innovators can submit their ideas via HERE and can email secretariat@foodplanetprize.org for more information about the award.

New extended deadline for applying is 31st May 2020.

Image Copyright – Shutterstock (main image) and The Curt Bergfors Foundation (second image)

Updated – 20th May 2020

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