FAO Awards

Apply now for the 2022 Champion Award

Selection and Eligibility Criteria

On 18 June 2021, the FAO Conference, at its Forty-second Session, decided to establish the highest corporate Award to recognize significant and outstanding contribution towards advancing the overall goals of the Organization, including the achievement of the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals.

Nature of the Award

  • a scroll describing the recipient's achievements and/or award,
  • a cash prize of USD 50 000

Any individual, national, regional or global institution that has, in the course of the biennium from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021, made a significant and outstanding contribution towards advancing the overall goals of the Organization, including the achievement of the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals.

The winning individual or institution should be one that has:

a)made a significant and outstanding contribution towards advancing the overall goals of the Organization, including the achievement of the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals;

b) developed analyses that support the transformation to more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems and successfully advocated for consistent measures that have been adopted and applied, on a large scale, by governments, civil society organizations and/or private enterprises, through programmes aimed ensuring a sustainable and food-secure world for all, and/or;

c) implemented large-scale programmes* for eliminating poverty, ending hunger and all forms of malnutrition, and reducing inequalities, that have demonstrated a sustainable impact and alignment with the 2030 Agenda.

*Large-scale programmes are here defined as programmes that involve inter-country cooperation at regional or global level. 

The procedures and general guidelines to be followed are set out below:

Submission of Nominations

Proposals for nominations presented by national, regional or global institutions should be submitted to FAO Representatives (in countries with an accredited FAO Representative) or to FAO Regional and Subregional Representatives (in countries with no accredited FAO Representative), as appropriate, for submission to the Awards Secretariat by 15 March 2022. The FAO National, Regional and Subregional Representatives or UNDP Resident Representatives, as appropriate, may also submit proposals, using the attached nomination, directly to the FAO Secretariat of the Award at the following email address: [email protected]. If the nomination form is submitted by an individual or institution, an endorsement from a FAO Representative (email or signed letter) should be attached or the application form will not be consider valid. All endorsements will be verified.

The Economic and Social Development Stream will provide the FAO Awards Secretariat with the necessary technical support, particularly with regard to the eligibility of each nomination.

An ad hoc interdepartmental Screening Committee chaired by the Deputy Director-General (Operations) and comprising the FAO Core leadership group, all Assistant Directors-General at headquarters and at regional level, the Legal Counsel, and the Director of the Office of Communications, as Secretary, will review the list of nominations submitted by the Awards Secretariat, and establish a short-list of three nominations. The Chairperson of the Screening Committee will submit the short-list of three institutions to the Chairperson of the Selection Committee.

The Committee, chaired by the Director-General, and comprising the Independent Chairperson of the Council, the Chairperson of the Programme Committee and the Chairperson of the Finance Committee, will make a final decision on the basis of the short-list submitted by the Screening Committee.

The Award is conferred for activities and programmes with remarkable achievements during the biennium preceding the current one. The Award will be presented by the Director-General to the individual or representative of the recipient institution during a special ceremony during the 169th Session of the FAO Council 13-17 June 2022.

The individual or representative of the selected institution will be invited to FAO Headquarters in Rome for the ceremony, the cost of travel being borne by the Organization.

Nomination Form

Please note: the text of the detailed nomination should be self-contained and should provide concrete elements and information.

Nominated individual or institution
Detailed Nomination
^ Large scale programmes for fighting hunger and malnutrition are here defined as programmes that involve inter-country cooperation at regional or global level. They can also consist of national or sub-national programmes that have developed particularly successful approaches and inspired replication by other institutions and governments.

As per the terms and conditions, all applications should: (i) either be submitted by an FAO Representative or Director OR (ii) accompanied by an FAO endorsement (email or letter signed by an FAO Representative of the country in which the nominee is based, or a Director at FAO headquarters)

(i)  If you are an FAO Representative or Director:

(ii)  If you are not an FAO Representative or Director, please attach your FAO endorsement here

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Terms and Conditions

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