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Eligibility criteria

The Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value is open to individuals, private businesses, not-for-profit organisations, governmental and inter-governmental organisations as well as academic institutions having implemented an initiative related to nutrition, water or rural development.

Specific fields of activity include, but are not limited to:

  • Nutrition - Improving access to food and nutrition; food fortification and technology; nutrition education programmes; innovations in health care; etc.
  • Water - Improving access to clean water; protection and conservation of water resources; wastewater management; water, sanitation and hygiene; etc.
  • Rural development - Developing local agricultural value chains and integrating smallholder farmers in the supply chain; sustainable agriculture; agricultural extension services, etc.


Applicants may be based in any country of the world. However, the initiative must be implemented in a low or middle income country (i.e. all countries and territories, except European Union members, Andorra, Australia, Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Greenland, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and the United States).