Deadline Extended to Friday, April 17!

Share Your Story of Food and Innovation

Win the UN-FAO / GW Planet Forward Innovation Award

Stories inform. Stories call for action. Stories can change the world.

Planet Forward and UN-FAO invite college students to participate in Storyfest. Your 2015 Storyfest entry should address this simple equation:

Food + Innovation = ?

Does that mean profiling an urban farm created to help improve nutrition? Unique ways to deal with organic food waste? Innovative water collection or water purification?

We want your stories on innovations in sustainable agriculture, food practices, organics, biotech, water, soil and food waste.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates 805 million people face food insecurity. It's predicted climate change will threaten crop yields over the next century. And by 2050, the world’s population will reach 9.1 billion — 34 percent higher than today.

The question is: What innovations are being explored and used to adapt to climate change and other related issues that will have an impact on global food and nutrition security?

Share a story of an innovation in food production and how it can be used in other locations around the globe. Show how it’s making a difference. Tell its story through whatever medium you find most powerful or compelling.

A team of judges will select two winners of the UN-FAO / GW Planet Forward Innovation Award, which will feature a prize of $500 and a trip to Rome in the fall to present their food innovation story at the FAO headquarters. 

Finalists will be featured on our website and the winners will announced at our Feeding The Planet Summit on April 23 at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Submission Guidelines

  • The story can be told through whatever medium you find most powerful or compelling — blogs, podcasts, essays, listicles, animations, photos, videos or any other digital medium, provided it can be submitted/downloaded via a link.

  • Stories must be submitted by currently enrolled graduate or undergraduate college students on by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, April 17, 2015 (deadline extended!); when uploading your entry, in the “Title” field, input “Food + Innovation = ?” and answer the question in the “Describe Your Idea” section.

  • All submissions must be original work, produced by you. Any data points, facts or claims must be backed and cited through reliable sources.

  • Submissions to Planet Forward Storyfest can be original material created for the contest OR items created for classes, student media or other contests, etc. 

  • Entrants are limited to a maximum of three submissions.

  • Audio and video submissions must be at least 720p resolution.

  • Written submissions must not exceed 1,000 words.

  • Photo submissions must be original work and a minimum of 72 dpi.


Entries will be judged in four areas:

  1. Quality of information and production
  2. Creativity in presentation
  3. Impact of storytelling
  4. Scalability of the innovation shared

All submitted work will be reviewed by a committee of journalists and sustainability experts, and winners will be announced at the Feeding The Planet Summit.


Two awards will be given - one to a GW student and one to a non-GW student - and include a cash prize of $500 per award and a trip to the UN-FAO headquarters in Rome.


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