Updated Jan 08, 2020CLOSED

Food System Vision Prize

Offered by OpenIDEO, The Rockefeller Foundation and SecondMuse

The Food System Vision Prize is an invitation for organizations across the globe to develop a Vision of the regenerative and nourishing food system that they aspire to create by the year 2050.

The Rockefeller Foundation has partnered with SecondMuse and OpenIDEO to amplify the discourse on the state and the future of the world’s many food systems. And to empower communities globally to develop actionable solutions and become protagonists in their own food future.
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CLOSEDJan 31, 2020Deadline

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 3: Proof of Concept and Stage 4: Transition to Scale
Implemented In:
RegionLow and Middle Income Countries
Focus AreasEnvironment
Nutrition (Health)
Policy and Regulation
As a Food System Visionary, your goal is to develop a Vision that reflects the views and needs of multiple stakeholders within your regional system. With these stakeholders in mind, a Food System Vision is really a story about the future that addresses the following six interconnected themes:

1. Environment
2. Diets
3. Economics
4. Culture
5. Technology
6. Policy

Visions that are infused with a systems-focused approach will illustrate how food system Themes—Economics, Diet, Technology, Policy, Culture, Environment—are interconnected and influence one another within the specific system described.

We are seeking Food System Visions from eligible legally registered and organized entities (as set forth in the Prize Terms and Conditions) around the world with a view of the future and willingness to develop plans to bring it into reality. By “organizations,” who are invited to apply, we mean legally registered and organized entities, including companies, governments, cooperatives, communities, partnerships, NGOs, and universities.

We’re interested in Visions that address food systems based anywhere in the world. At least one member of your Visionary team must be personally familiar with the Place you choose to create a Vision for. See the additional requirements and suggestions around selecting a Place in the Application.

Other Requirements

Target BeneficiariesCommunity-informed Visions are focused on the uniqueness of a particular Place. They show a deep level of understanding of both the Place (natural characteristics) and its People (the communities within the place). To be community-informed means to demonstrate knowledge of the challenges that face an area and its diverse food system participants (stakeholders) and to propose a hopeful future that addresses these challenges.

In the second phase, Community Co-created Visions are informed, developed, and co-created through consulting with a number of sectors and people representing different areas of expertise and demographic groups. Visionaries are encouraged to engage multiple stakeholders (e.g., farmers, businesses, researchers, policymakers, food service workers, etc.) and collaborate with them to integrate their views and perspectives into the Vision. Additional consideration will be given to Visions that represent a minimum of 2 or more different stakeholders with deep knowledge of and familiarity with the selected Place (e.g., a research institute together with a farmer business organization and a city’s food policy advisory group).
Potential for ScaleVisions with the potential to positively shift the food system in the chosen Place. A Vision with transformative potential is game-changing (meaning it changes the structure, norms, standards of today). It takes us out of the current state and launches us into a new reality. It forces us to anticipate what could go wrong and plan appropriate responses.

Application Directions

Submit to the prize online through the funding site.

Application And Awards Process

Prize Participants may submit their Visions at any point during the Open Submission Phase and are encouraged to publish an initial post of their submission by the Early Submission Deadline on 5 December 2019. Participants who publish their submission by this deadline will have the opportunity to attend an invitation-only webinar with members of The Rockefeller Foundation’s Food team, the Sponsors of this Prize. No preference will be given to participants who submit early; however participants who do may benefit from the opportunity to connect with other participants, seek feedback on their submission, and engage with the OpenIDEO community team. All published submissions may be updated until 31 January 2020.

After the initial Open Submission Phase, Semi-finalists will advance to the Refinement Phase, where participants will be expected to (a) further develop and update their Vision statements, (b) respond to new application prompts on the Prize platform, and (c) include feasibility and data considerations in a further advanced submission.

In May 2020, up to 10 Finalists will progress to the Accelerator. The virtual Accelerator focuses on supporting Vision teams to continue on their path toward implementation and impact. The Accelerator will include mentorship, cohort-based learning, and one in-person workshop with advisors. During this phase, Visionaries will make further refinements to their Vision.

Top Visionaries will be announced on 13 September 2020 after confirmation of eligibility and adherence to the Prize Terms and Conditions. Prize funding will be released to teams that meet all requirements set out in the Prize Terms and Conditions, including the execution of any Affidavit requested by The Rockefeller Foundation.

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