The Open Food Network has been nominated for the international Curt Bergfors Food Planet prize – the largest monetary award in the global food arena.
The award rewards organisations who are developing innovative solutions that can help us shift to sustainable food systems within a ten year timeframe. There are just 50 nominees for the award each year, so it’s a huge achievement for us to be in the company of previous winners and nominees from this award.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, The Open Food Network has created a fairer, more sustainable food system through its work with farmers, producers and food hubs. This includes e-commerce software, online learning resources, research, advocacy and networking opportunities that help sustainable producers to grow and scale up their businesses while collecting a fairer share of the profits.
Co-founded by Kirsten Larsen and Serenity Hill, who run a regenerative lamb production farm in Warrenbayne, north-east Victoria, the Open Food Network’s open source business model has found success around the world.
Serenity Hill said today:
“For our work to be recognised on the international stage is a huge achievement. I think it’s safe to say that everyone in our community is very proud.
There are now more than 20 Open Food Network instances around the world. In the past year more than $16 M of orders for fresh produce were placed on our platform, connecting 2500 producers with over 38,000 consumers.
We do a lot more than just provide an online farmers market though; our biggest strength is the people who make up the Open Food Network, many of whom are producers or work in food hubs. They are uniquely placed to help us spot the challenges and opportunities in the sector, and help us to ensure that our efforts are focused in the areas where we can have the greatest impact.“
Previous winners of the Food Planet Prize include:
- 2021 – GreenWave and B4Plastics.
- 2020 – The Land Institute, Sanergy, FutureFeed, Icipie and Blue Ventures.
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