The Call, which was launched by Expo 2015 in November 2013, closed on October 31, 2014. The evaluation of the 786 projects submitted in response to the Feeding Knowledge Call is now complete, with the judges having selected 18 winners. While these were supposed to be 15, due to the large number of submissions received and the high quality of the projects, the judges decided to commend an extra three: a very positive outcome indeed.
Evaluation of the Best Practice submissions involved several stages. An initial assessment of eligibility took into account three specified criteria. These were: completeness, relevance to the high priority topics for Feeding Knowledge, and the involvement in the implementation of the initiative of at least three partners.
The 749 projects that made the grade were then pre-judged by a committee
made up of five working groups, one for each priority topic. These priority topics were: Sustainable management of natural resources, Improving the quality and quantity of agricultural productivity, Socio-economic dynamics and global markets, Sustainable development for small rural communities in marginalized areas, and Food consumption patterns: diet, environment, society, economy and health. Each group was led by a representative of the Scientific Committee for Expo.
The next step was to draw up a list based on the nine criteria required by the Call. These were: innovation, social impact, environmental impact, concreteness, transferability and replicability, openness, attractiveness, sustainability, and dissemination. From here, 52 Best Practices were submitted to the International Selection Committee (ISC). Two members of the ISC evaluated the remaining these 52 Best Practice projects and initiatives, supported by scientists of the Pre-assessment Committee, to produce a short-list that was then discussed during a plenary session, and a final decision taken.
The International judging panel - the International Selection Committee - chaired by Prince Albert II of Monaco, had the final word. They chose the 18 Best Practices considered as the most representative. The winning Best Practices will be presented in Pavilion Zero during the six-month exhibition. The Best Practice thought to be the most representative for each priority topic area will be featured in a short documentary produced by Expo 2015. The other 13 winning submissions will be illustrated by means of photostories.
In terms of geographical areas, seven projects were from Africa, six from Asia, three from America and two from Europe. The final outcome produced: five winners in Priority 1 (Sustainable management of natural resources), four winners in Priority 2 (Improving the quality and quantity of agricultural productivity), three winners in Priority 3 (Socio-economic dynamics and global markets), three winners in Priority 4 (Sustainable development for small rural communities in marginalized areas), three in Priority 5 (Food consumption patterns: diet, environment, society, economy and health).