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KFAS invites nominations for the million dollar Al-Sumait Prize 2016
February 24, 2016, 5:38 pm

His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait, announced at the conclusion of the Third Africa-Arab Summit, which was held in Kuwait in November 2013, an initiative to institute an annual award for the advancement of economic, social, human resources, and infrastructure development in the African continent.

The annual award of US$1 million, made under the auspices of Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), and titled the ‘Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sumait Prize’, is named after the prominent Kuwaiti physician and social worker who had dedicated his life to helping the poor in Africa in the field of health and education.

The objective of the prize is to acknowledge and appreciate the best studies, scientific projects, applied research and innovative initiatives, which within the Health field have made significant impact and lasting influence in advancing the progress of economic and social development in Africa.

The awarded projects should help African nations to overcome poverty, hunger, lack of potable water, injustice or to improve health care, literacy and the allocation of economic resources. The Prize should also highlight successes within the following subjects: Food Security, Health and Education.

The subject for the 2016 prize is Food Security and the prize is to be awarded to individuals or institutions that through their research projects or initiatives have made significant advancement within one or more of the following areas:

- Developing new varieties of seeds, crops or livestock which can improve the food security of the poor population in Africa by increasing the calorific and nutritional value of food produced and consumed domestically.
- Improving farmers’ access to agricultural inputs, techniques, technologies and markets so as to increase the availability of staple products which form a core part of the diet of the poorest people in Africa.
- Improving farmers’ resilience to climate change and extreme weather conditions.
To read the conditions and requirements for submitting the scientific work and for obtaining the nomination form, visit the KFAS website at:
The application along with submitted works should be addressed to the Director General of the Foundation and must arrive at KFAS before 31 May, 2016.

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