Blue Ventures is honoured to have been awarded the inaugural Food Planet Prize in recognition of our commitment to addressing food insecurity by rebuilding tropical fisheries.
The Food Planet Prize was established to find, recognise and support initiatives working to help us shift to resilient food systems and achieve food security within this decade.
Blue Ventures helps fishers in low-income countries tackle overfishing and safeguard food security. The organisation was founded on the simple idea of putting communities at the heart of marine conservation. We believe that fixing overfishing is the single most powerful thing we can do to reverse marine extinction and safeguard the food security of over one billion people. For almost two decades, we’ve supported coastal communities to develop locally led approaches to marine conservation that benefit people and nature alike.
The 2020 Food Planet Prize Jury comprises leading scientists, policymakers and entrepreneurs, and is chaired by Professor Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Line Gordon, Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University.
By listening and responding to basic human needs, Blue Ventures has developed a scalable model for catalysing and sustaining marine conservation, unlocking the potential of fishing communities to protect our ocean.
“We’re starting to feel the impacts of today’s unsustainable food systems, both on global warming and on the basic functions of our planet. A food system shift is vital; it requires political will, ample funding, and the right ideas.” Johan Rockström, Co-chair, The Food Planet Prize
Alasdair Harris, Executive Director of Blue Ventures says, “We are thrilled and privileged to be a recipient of The Food Planet Prize. This accolade will enable us to accelerate our work with traditional fishing communities to bolster food security by addressing the underlying causes of overfishing, supporting more communities to adapt to the enormous challenges of climate breakdown.”
He continues, “Winning this highly competitive award is an endorsement of the importance of investing in locally led solutions at scale.”
Read the Food Planet Prize press release