Food Planet Prizewinners and Finalists

Reshaping the global food system requires a broad range of approaches and ideas. Numerous innovators are  already shifting to sustainable solutions. Some of them aim  to  disrupt entire value chains and confront current perceptions of what food can be.  Many  have the potential to scale broadly, some even globally. 

These food system innovators  include  social entrepreneurs, startups, research organizations, NGOs, grassroots alliances, and more – distinctly illustrating  the  diversity of  the global community  devoted to  feeding  all  and saving  a planet  in distress. The Food Planet Prize awardees, elected by a jury of world-leading food systems experts and scientists, represent some of the many areas we must explore to rescue the Food Planet.

Meet the  Food System Innovators

Vetted from hundreds of  nominations, shortlisted,  then  assessed, ranked, and selected as finalists by the Jury, the awardees’ initiatives go through a thorough evaluation process. Ultimately, the Food Planet Prize is bestowed upon the ones that  have the greatest potential to  help us shift to resilient food systems and achieve food security within this decade.

The Curt Bergfors Foundation awards two US 1$ million Prizes annually. Heeding the ever-louder emergency calls from both people and planet, the Foundation doubled its stake in the rescue mission in its inaugural year of 2020 when four US 1$ million prizes were awarded. One of these prizes was shared, as per the Jury’s recommendation.

In 2020 four US 1$ million Prizes were awarded to

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

Curt Bergfors, Founder

Winners & Finalists


2020 2021


Finalists Winners
  • The Land Institute

    Reshaping agriculture in nature’s image is the drastically simple and…

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  • Sanergy

    Turning urban slums’ huge sanitation problem into opportunities for farming,…

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  • PAD & Rare

    Bringing innovative, science- and behavior-based digital agricultural extension services to…

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  • FutureFeed

    Exploring the power of seaweed as a methane-blocking feed supplement…

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  • icipe

    Transitioning to more circular, resilient, and efficient insect-based production systems…

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  • microTERRA

    Reversing agriculture’s negative impacts on our waters and supporting land-based…

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  • GreenWave

    Working to unlock the ocean’s own potential to address climate…

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  • The Crop Trust

    Safeguarding the genetic diversity of global crops, stored in gene…

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  • Blue Ventures

    Rebuilding tropical fisheries together with local communities where the loss…

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