Oslo (2005-12-06): 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 on December 6. Qualified nominators are invited to propose worthy candidates for the second Yara Prize for a Green Revolution in Africa. Nominations must be submitted by March 1, 2006 and the prizewinner will be announced in June. The Yara Prize 2006 award ceremony will take place in Oslo, Norway on September 2. It will be preceded by the Green Revolution in Africa Seminar, a high-level international event organized by the Yara Foundation.
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 fulfillment 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, recognizing 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 USD 200,000, a diploma and a trophy. In connection with the award, the Yara Foundation commits to help publicize and disseminate the work of the prizewinner. The prizewinner is free to decide how to utilize the Prize in order to further the sustainable greening and development of Africa.
Nominators are referred to the Information for Nominators and the Yara Prize statutes on www.yaraprize.com
The Board of the Yara Foundation:
Dr. Thorleif Enger, President and CEO Yara International ASA, Oslo, Norway
Dr. Pedro Sanchez, Director, Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York
Dr. Marco Quinones, Regional Director Africa. Sasakawa 2000, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
Joan Holmes, President, the Global Hunger Project
Dr. Peter Hartmann, Managing Director, Insitute of Tropical Agriculture, (IITA), Nigeria
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