Envision. Believe. Build.
Today, regions across the globe lack a positive vision for the future of their food systems. Available narratives about the future of the food system are typically negative and dystopian or they are technical utopias devoid of human engagement. These visions have proven to be ineffective in driving action and engagement to respond to climate change, disruptive technologies, shifting diets, and increasing resource demands.
Humanity has more knowledge, technology, social intelligence, and human capacity than ever before, all of which can be harnessed to create a food system that nourishes all people, grows the global economy, and protects a thriving environment. Despite this great potential, we have yet to see a credible and inspiring vision for our future global food system that can ignite a movement toward positive change.
people will inhabit the Earth by 2050
- 60%more food
will be needed by 2050 to meet the food requirements of a growing global population
people will have diabetes by 2050 if no action is taken to change eating habits
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.
Recognizing the sobering need to replace dystopian narratives with positive futures that activate real change in food systems across the world, The Rockefeller Foundation launched the Food System Vision Prize 2050, an invitation for organizations, universities, institutions, companies, cooperatives and partnerships from around the world to create inspiring, compelling, and actionable visions of the world’s food systems by 2050. A prize of $2 million will be distributed among the winners.
The Vision Prize, powered by SecondMuse and OpenIDEO, aims to amplify the discourse on the state and the future of the world’s many food systems. It seeks to empower communities globally to develop actionable solutions and become protagonists in their own food future. A positive, inspirational Vision, in which we see the possible in our mind’s eye, is the necessary, creative opening to any act of innovation or development we make in the real world.
The Food System Visions created by people all over the world have the potential to ignite a movement and inspire diverse stakeholders to rally and unite behind them. Because if we can envision it, we can believe it. And only if we believe in it, will we build it.
Meet our Partners & Grantees
The Food System Vision Prize gives the world something that we need more of – hope. It helps all of us – as farmers, eaters, businesses, advocates, academics, and citizens – envision a world where hunger and poverty are not the norm, but the exception.Danielle NierenbergPresident and Founder of Food Tank
The Food System Vision Prize is inspiring us, by making visible so many creative strategies – crafted through innovative local partnerships – to adapt food systems to meet urgent challenges around health and the environment.Sara ScherrPresident and CEO of EcoAgriculture Partners
Explore the submitted Visions
Learn more about 1,317 submitted Visions from 112 countries, connect with the community, and explore resources, including an interactive food systems map that represents key dynamics and forces at play in the food system.