Propose candidates for the Bertebos Prize 2017

The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry has the privilege of inviting prominent persons and organisations to propose candidates for the Bertebos Prize 2017. Bertebos prizewinners have carried out research of distinguished quality and practical use within the area of ecology and agriculture.

This year we invite you to nominate candidates in the field of sustainable intensification of agriculture

The world is facing many serious challenges as highlighted in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Agriculture has an important role in many of the SDGs and is the focus of SDG 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. One target is (2.3) to, by 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers and (2.4) ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality.

Our present ability to feed the world is based on heavy inputs of fossil energy, synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, mechanization, irrigation as well as new crop and animal varieties based on successful plant and livestock breeding. The fossil-based intensification has enabled almost a tripling of cereal yields in Western Europe over the last four decades, whereas the yield has about doubled in Africa, but still at a level about four times lower than in Western Europe. Thus the yield gap is still huge due to lack of inputs and knowledge in large parts of the world. However, the fossil-based intensification of agriculture has had large negative impacts on the global environment, including biodiversity and climate. There are many calls for development of new agendas for the continued intensification of agriculture such as ecological intensification, eco-functional intensification and sustainable intensification. Common to these intensification concepts is the need for reduced fossil-based inputs and negative environmental impacts from agriculture and substituting inputs with ecosystem services and the increased use of ecological principles in developing future agricultural systems.

Research on ecological intensification in agriculture is a key determinant for reaching the sustainable development goals and achieving global food security.

Suggested candidates

for the Bertebos Prize should have conducted outstanding research on sustainable intensification of agriculture in order to contribute to global food security.

The Prize

consists of SEK 300,000 (approx. EUR 31,000) and a diploma. The prize will be presented at the Commemorative Meeting of the Academy on 28 January 2017 in the City Hall of Stockholm.

The following year (2018), in August or September, the theme sustainable intensification of agriculture will be the subject of a two day conference where the prizewinner and his/her research will be given a prominent role.

Proposal for a prizewinner

including justification, CV and references of up to five scientific papers elucidating the research, should be submitted by 25 August 2016.

to: Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA)
The Standing Prize and Award Committee
Att. Keiko Blesserholt
P. O. Box 6806
SE-113 86 Stockholm
or E-mail

Download invitation to nominate, incl. nomination form, to the right.

Inquiries concerning the Prize and the nomination can be forwarded to the Academy by telephone: +46 8 54 54 77 00 or e-mail:

Further information about the Bertebos Prize, previous prizewinners and the Bertebos Conference →


Bertebos Conference 2016: Additives and enzymes in food, 28–30 Aug in Falkenberg →


Photo: Rice paddies being worked as part of a youth training in farming practices near Careysburg, central Liberia. UN Photo/Staton Winter.