Looking for the potential game-changers

The Curt Bergfors Food Planet Prize aims to identify, recognize and reward important initiatives to reinvent our food chain and help establish a sustainable food system that supports the resilience of the biosphere and the stability of our planet.

The invitation to nominate initiatives for the Prize is worldwide – and continuous. Nominees are screened to be qualified for assessment by an international jury of leading specialists in the relevant key areas, working in cooperation with scientists at the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Sweden’s Stockholm University.

The Awards

Drastic measures are necessary to transform our current failing food chain into a resilient system. This is why the Food Planet Prize supports initiatives with proven impact, ready to scale on a global level, as well as innovative ideas and projects that challenge or even disrupt current thinking and practices. Annually, starting in 2020, the Food Planet Prize rewards a number of hero-initiatives with USD 1 million each.

Exploring two approaches:


Amplify & Accelerate!

Proven food system transformers ready to scale

Initiatives having already contributed to sustainable food systems change with a significant potential to be applied globally


Rethink & Reshape!

Innovative solutions to reshape food in all its aspects

Progressive ideas that can fundamentally re-imagine food and how we source it, potentially with a global impact

Finding initiatives to address the Food Planet Challenge?

Transforming the world to sustainable food systems is critical. The task is filled with high risks if we fail and major benefits if we succeed. We’re searching for solutions that can be applied widely – preferably globally – at a rapid pace. To nourish a growing world population while ensuring a healthy biosphere, we must accelerate change! 2021 nominations are open until 31 May.

  • Vetting Process

    June - The Food Planet Prize secretariat reviews all nominations and shortlists qualifying candidates and initiatives

  • Jury Assessment

    September – The Food Planet Prize Jury carefully assesses the shortlisted nominations, narrowing down the selection for final evaluation and documentation

  • Finalists Presentation

    October – The Food Planet Prize discloses and presents the selected finalists and their initiatives

  • Awards Announcement

    November – The Food Planet Prize announces the Laureates

The Jury

The Food Planet Challenges are crucial to our short and long-term food security – even survival – and utterly complex. The stakes could hardly be higher. Transforming the world to sustainable food systems is a task with high risks if we fail and significant benefits if we succeed. We’re searching for solutions that can be applied widely – preferably globally – at a rapid pace. Finding the most impactful solutions among several hundred nominations requires world-leading expertise and experience. The Food Planet Prize Jury is co-chaired by Professor Johan Rockström, joint director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, and Associate Professor Line Gordon, director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University.

Read more about the jury here

Who can nominate

The nomination process is open for everyone: anyone can submit a nomination, one’s own initiative/project, or somebody else’s.


Nominees can be individuals (living), groups, institutions, organizations, start-ups fully committed to the initiative in question, or distinctly identified projects in existing companies and institutions. We welcome a broad range of nominees. They can be science-based or crafts-based, industrial or domestic, entrepreneurial or institutional, social/behavioral, or hi-tech. Still, they must have the potential for broad application and scaling.


We evaluate the nominated initiatives on the basis of 6 criteria: thematic relevance, level of innovation, feasibility, immediacy of impact, scalability and potential for systemic change. Find out more