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Award Advantages

The Five Award Categories of the Khalifa
International Award for Date Palm and
Agricultural Innovation

 

Scope of the Award

The Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation is given to individuals
or organizations in recognition of outstanding agricultural innovations, which benefit the Gulf and
surrounding subtropical-arid regions. Issues such as water, heat, salinity, climate change etc. are
major concerns of this region’s agriculture. However, innovations benefiting all agriculture worldwide
are explicitly included in the scope of the award. In consideration of the exceptional importance of
the date palm to the region, special attention is given to achievements benefiting the date palm
sector. Thus, the third award category is limited to date palm projects. There are no species limitations
for the other four categories.

First Category: Distinguished Innovative Studies and Modern Technology

Eligible for application is published original research work that is authored/co-authored by the
applicant. The publication must be accepted for publication by a major international, peer-reviewed
journal at the time of submission or published in the previous five years. The Category is not limited to
the natural sciences. Innovative studies in other science disciplines, engineering or the humanities, if
benefiting the date palm and/or agricultural sector of the region, will also be considered.
A single publication must be chosen for the award application. Up to three other publications that are
authored or co-authored by the applicant and directly linked to the main paper may be submitted
as supplemental material (optional).
Books presenting research and scholarship (monographs) may also qualify. Editorial work will normally
not be considered.

Second Category: Pioneering Development and Productive Projects

The proposed project may be administered by the private or the government sector or an international
organization. The project may be planned, ongoing or successfully completed in the last five years.
Typically, development and productive projects are of considerable size and affect communities,
geographical areas and/or social structures. Also considered in this category are all educational
projects that are aimed at maintaining and developing the understanding and appreciation of the
date palm and/or agricultural sector of the region.
The narrative of the application should include, but not be limited to, some or all of the following
points as applicable:
- innovative quality of the project
- size of the project
- social impact of the project
- environmental impact of the project
- educational impact of the project
- economic impact of the project

Third Category: Distinguished Producers in Date Palm Sector

Eligible for application are all producers of the date fruit being locally and/or internationally
marketed. The applicant may be an individual producer or a date-producing organization/company
(commercial or not-for-profit) or an individual representing this producer. The application should
demonstrate distinguished achievements for an individual or be a current project of distinction for
an individual or an organization/company. Applications by innovative operators of small farms are
particularly encouraged.
The narrative of the application should include, but not be limited to, some or all of the following
points as applicable:
- size of the date palm orchard(s) and production quantities
- fruit diversity (varieties/cultivars produced)
- fruit quality
- innovative cultivation techniques used from planting to post-harvest treatments and their effects on
production costs and fruit quality
- environmental impact and environment-friendly organic products
- marketing

Fourth Category: Pioneering and Sophisticated Innovations Serving the Agricultural Sector

Eligible are new and innovative techniques that have a direct and proven positive effect on the date
palm and/or agricultural sector of the region. The novelty of the approach should be demonstrated
and the positive effect quantitatively documented. The term “innovative technique” will be applied
in its broadest sense. The key is that a positive impact is proven, not just promised.
The narrative of the application should include, but not be limited to, some or all of the following
points as applicable:
- a description of the innovative technique
- a demonstration of the novelty of the technique
- a quantitative description of the positive impact of the new technique
- an evaluation of the applicability of the new technique

Fifth Category: Influential Figure in the Field of Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation

Candidates for this award will be suggested by invited nominators. Self-nominations (applications)
will also be considered.
The award is given to individuals in science, industry, administration or NGOs that have significantly
impacted the date palm and/or agricultural sector of the region through major innovation or lifetime
achievement.

 

General conditions
1. Applications are accepted from all countries. The application form can be uploaded through the
    award website and should be filled in Arabic or English and be sent with a CV of the candidate,
    a photocopy of a valid passport and a photograph.
2. The original work or the application research should be submitted via electronic copy through email.
3. No files of the nomination are to be returned to the applicant, whether a winner or not. They will
    be kept in the head office of the Award.
4. The Jury has the right to withhold the award for any category if conditions are not fulfilled.

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