„Game Changers – Women in Agriculture“

Women make all the difference. The potential of women to make a positive contribution to rural development is enormous. Despite all of the progress that has been made, women’s capabilities remain underappreciated, often unused.  We want to change that!! And you can help: Tell us about the pioneering women you know. The women who are transforming their villages, their provinces, even their countries. We are looking for seven women who are bringing about lasting change. The real “game changers”. Nominate one and you can help us find all seven.


What is this all about?

We are looking for women in agriculture who have changed their environment for the better. With their innovative ideas and outstanding commitment to sustainable agriculture and rural development, these women are role models. We want to recognize them.

“Game Changers – Women in Agriculture” will honour these women, who work in one of the partner countries from the ONE world – No Hunger initiative in Africa, Asia or Latin America for their dedication and commitment. The award aims to show how the advancement of women can benefit development cooperation, making it even more effective.

Winners of the prize will have their inspiring stories told online on a unique multimedia web page. They will be featured in a travelling exhibition and social media campaign, with additional background information provided in each case.


Who can be nominated (eligibility)?

We invite our international ONE World - No Hunger initiative partners to help us find seven “Game Changers – Women in Agriculture,” women who deserve recognition for their achievements. Nominations can be submitted by partners and sponsors of the ONE World – No Hunger initiative from Germany or any partner country, including:


  • non-governmental organisations
  • research institutes
  • corporations
  • our implementing partners KfW and GIZ
  • committed private individuals
  • women can also nominate themselves


What kind of women are we looking for?

The ideal candidate for nomination as a game changer should fulfil the following  criteria:

  • She has benefitted from or helped organise a cooperation or advancement as part of the ONE World - No Hunger special initiative;
  • She plays a key role in shaping rural development and supporting changes in agriculture, for example as a successful agri-entrepreneur, as a leading light within the management of an organisation, as a researcher within an agriculture-related field or as an innovative lateral thinker or thought leader;
  • She has successfully implemented an idea, method or technique that will have a lasting effect – within her village or region, or nationally, regionally or globally;
  • She is a role model for women, both within her field and elsewhere;
  • She is keen to share her story and in doing so, motivate others;
  • Through her dedication, she has contributed to increased sustainability in ecological, economic and social terms.


How will we choose the game changers from among the nominees?

  1. The women who are to receive the award in 2020 will be chosen from among the nominees according to the criteria above by an international, independent jury of women active in the field of international rural development and development cooperation by the end of June 2020. All three dimensions of sustainability (ecological, economic and social) are represented through the key areas of work of individual jury members themselves.

  2. The seven “game changers” will be announced by the jury at the beginning of July on this website. There are plans for a virtual award ceremony.

  3. Between July and September we shall be working intensively with the women, helping them prepare their stories for an exhibition and a multimedia web page.

  4. The plan is to officially launch the Game Changers stories on World Food Day on October 16 in Germany.


What’s in it for the winners?

The seven winners will each receive a funding package worth EUR 1,500 in total towards advanced or continuing education or training. We shall be helping the individual winners decide which type of package is most suited to them or their group/organization.


Why women?

SDG2 (No Hunger) and SGD5 (Gender Equality) are very closely linked. In rural areas in particular, women are key to the achievement of sustainable development and play a central role in bringing about economic, ecological and social change.

The empowerment of women is of huge importance for the wellbeing and prosperity not only of individuals but also of families and rural communities, as well as for food security. According to the estimates of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), up to 150 million people worldwide could be saved from hunger, if women in agriculture in developing countries had the same resources and possibilities at their disposal as men. If we support the advancement of women in agriculture, all our development work will have a much greater prospect of lasting results and effects.

10 years before the target year (2030) for sustainable development goals (SDGs) there is some success to report but in many areas women are still not treated equally to their male peers. They are less well served in the areas of property rights and participation rights and it is harder for them to access resources. They are less valued, and in many places suffer from greater food insecurity than men.

How will giving women more opportunities strengthen the effects of development cooperation in rural areas? What progress for SDG2 and rural development is possible through the better promotion of equality? The “Game Changers” process is providing answers to this, as well as inspiration.


To submit a nomination:

Follow the "Submit a nomination" link and fill in all fields on the form.
Submissions will be accepted up until June 14th, 2020.


Submit nomination



Who is behind “Game Changers – Women in Agriculture”?

“Game Changers – Women in Agriculture” was initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) has been commissioned by BMZ with the implementation and coordination of the “Game Changers” process.


For further information, please contact sector project Sustainable Rural Areas, Rural.Development@giz.de. Contact person: Dorothea Hohengarten.


Please also note:

The monetary value of the prize cannot be claimed as a cash or electronic payment in lieu. The prize cannot be returned or refunded. The right to claim the prize is not transferable.  The jury’s decision is final and there is no further recourse to legal action.