The Yara Foundation has invited nominations for the second Yara Prize. The Prize was established in 2005 as a direct response to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's call for a green revolution in Africa.
The Yara Foundation began its search for the Yara Prize laureate 2006 today and qualified nominators are invited to propose worthy candidates for the Prize. Nominations must be submitted by 1 March 2006 and the prizewinner will be announced in June.
The Yara Prize is an annual recognition of significant contributions to the reduction of hunger and poverty in Africa, as a key contribution to the fulfilment of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals. It was established in 2005 as a direct response to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's call for a green revolution in Africa. It supports and highlights the efforts of those fighting to reverse poverty and hunger in Africa, recognising contributions that increase food productivity, security or availability through improvements in food systems, advancements in sustainable agriculture and development of local markets.
The Yara Prize is made up of a financial grant of US$ 200,000, a diploma and a trophy. In connection with the award, the Yara Foundation commits to help publicise and disseminate the work of the prizewinner. The prizewinner is free to decide how to utilise the Prize in order to further the sustainable greening and development of Africa.
Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi was the first person awarded by the Yara Prize. The Foundation emphasised Zenawi's decisive steps towards increasing food production and reducing poverty in one of the poorest countries of the developing world.
The Yara Prize 2006 award ceremony will take place in Oslo, Norway on 2 September. It will be preceded by the Green Revolution in Africa Seminar, a high-level international event organised by the foundation.