Olam International is a leading food and agribusiness supplying food, ingredients, feed and fibre to 25,200 customers worldwide. In partnership with Agropolis Foundation, Olam is searching for groundbreaking innovative strategies that will bring about transformation in the agricultural sector.

The aim of the Olam Prize for Innovation programme is to address the issues involved in caring physically for the needs of the population and as well create a positive impact on the society.

The Co-Founder and Group CEO at Olam, Sunny Verghese, said:

At a time when the world faces a potential rise in food insecurity from the coronavirus crisis, with vulnerable parts of the developing world, particularly in Africa, most at risk, the new scientific insights and techniques being developed by research teams around the world are more significant than ever. The Olam Prize aims to support breakthrough innovations so that together we can re-imagine agriculture for greater food security.”

The winner of the previous Olam Prize for Innovation programme was a pioneering mapping approach that is, reimagining subsistence farming in Ethiopia, coordinated by Dr Tomaso Ceccarelli of Wageningen Environmental Research and Dr Elias Eyasu Fantahun of Addis Ababa University.

Commenting on what the funding has meant for their research, Dr Ceccarelli said:

The funding from the Olam Prize has allowed us to start scaling up our approach and shift our focus from areas of high potential agriculture, to the food insecure and drought-prone areas of Ethiopia. Specifically, the funding is being applied to 4 key areas: engaging local and regional partners, in-situ data collection on bio-physical and socio-economic conditions, developing the GIS-based tool behind IM4FS, and application of site-specific crop recommendations based on the research fed into and information generated by the tool.”


  • Applications received before Monday, November 30, 2020, will be considered for publicity opportunities on Olam’s corporate channels
  • The winner of the Olam Prize for Innovation programme will receive a grant of $75,000


  • Academic or research institutions
  • Civil societies
  • The private sector

How to apply

  • Submission of application forms should be done on the Agropolis Foundation website


The application deadline is Monday, January 11, 2021


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