Best Small Business: Good Food for All

Inspire the world!


Jun 6
Jul 15 - Jul 31
UN Food Systems SummitPublic Sector Initiative
Fiji, Kiribati, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Africa, Americas, Antarctica Region, Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand
Agribusiness, Agritech, Animal farming, Crop farming, Farm machinery, Fish farming

Imagine if your company was chosen as a “Best Small Business: Good Food for All” by the United Nations!

As a food business, you are vitally important. Companies like yours can provide good food for your community, your country and the world.

Enter this competition to showcase your business as an inspiring example to the whole world. 50 winners will be honored as a “Best Small Business: Good Food for All” and get spotlighted by world-wide media. They will also share US$100,000 of prize money! Each submission will help inform global leaders what businesses like yours need to thrive and every applicant will be invited to Food Systems Summit events.

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for businesses making a positive difference. Maybe you provide healthy, safe food to customers, and encourage them to eat more nutritious choices. Maybe you produce food in a way that benefits nature, or you create jobs through your business. Wherever you are in the world, however you contribute to “good food for all”, we want to hear from you!

Who is eligible?

The competition is open to any small to medium sized enterprises doing all or most of its activities in the food system, in any country. We are looking for “everyday heroes” like you!

To qualify, your business must have between 5-250 employees, be legally registered, and operate in compliance with the law. As the applicant, you must be an adult. You must also be a founder of the business or play an active role in its current leadership.

This is your chance!

This is your chance to be involved in the first-ever United Nations Food Systems Summit. Click the Apply button above to lift your voice and share your inspiring story!


Written applications must be submitted in English, Spanish or French. The application form and guidance document are also available as downloads in Arabic, Mandarin, Russian and Italian.

PDF file Нажмите здесь для русского языка
Письменные заявки необходимо подавать на английском, испанском или французском языках.

PDF file 中文请点击这里(中文页面

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PDF file Leggi in Italiano
Le candidature devono essere presentate per iscritto in inglese, spagnolo o francese.

Steps to apply

Apply by June 4th 2021

  • STEP 1 – Raise your voice – Tell the United Nations about your business and what you need from global leaders to be successful. These answers will not be judged.
  • STEP 2 – Apply to be a winner — Describe the positive impact of your business and your vision for its future. Once you submit, you have a chance to win!

If you are selected as one of 150 semi-finalists:

  • STEP 3 – Submit a video – Create a simple, short video describing why your business is an inspiring example. Semi-finalists will receive an email with instructions between June 11th and June 16th and will have four days to create and upload the video.

Definitions for important ideas

Food System
A “food system” includes every person and every process involved in growing, raising or making food, and then getting it into your stomach. Examples of food systems activities are:

2030 Vision
In the application form we ask you about your vision for the year 2030. That may seem like a long way away! A vision is an idea about the future, not a detailed plan or budget. We want to know how you imagine your business can help your community, country or the world even more than it does today.

Positive Impact / United Nations Action Tracks
When food systems activities help people to be healthy, communities to thrive, and nature to be protected, we call that “positive impact”. The United Nations seeks businesses that are already creating these benefits, and who have a vision to improve or expand positive impact.

The United Nations has identified five areas of positive impact that they call “Action Tracks”. In the application form, we ask you to choose your main area of impact. The judges will evaluate you mostly according to the goals of that area, while recognizing you may contribute to many goals. The impact areas are:

Access to safe and Nutritious food for all

End malnutrition and reduce disease, enabling all people to be nourished and healthy.

  1. Reduce hunger
  2. Make nutritious food more available and affordable
  3. Make food safer

Sustainable consumption

Build consumer demand for sustainable and nutritious food, and reduce waste.

  1. Make it easier for people to eat healthy foods that are good for nature
  2. Influence eaters to want healthier and more sustainable food
  3. Cut food waste in half

Nature-Positive Production

Be good to the natural environment when producing, processing and distributing food.

  1. Protect nature from being destroyed for food or feed production
  2. Produce food in a way that benefits nature
  3. Restore and rehabilitate nature – like forests, watersheds and soil – that have been damaged

Equitable Livelihoods

Eliminate poverty by creating good jobs, supporting entrepreneurship, and increasing wealth for more people.

  1. Create economic benefits for lots of people, not just a few
  2. Give workers support and opportunities, especially women and youth
  3. Ensure that workers have a voice and do not experience discrimination

Resilience to vulnerabilities, shock and stress

Protect people and their food systems from conflict and disasters.

  1. Improve protection of nature
  2. Improve protection of jobs and income
  3. Improve protection of communities

How your application will be judged

Judges will use these questions to evaluate your application:

  1. How well your business fits with the areas of positive impact in the application form
  2. How much positive impact you’ve already made through your business, especially in the main impact area you select
  3. How strong your future vision is, especially in improving or expanding your positive impact
  4. How strong your business is – including your team and the way you do business
  5. How well you communicate about your business and the benefits it creates, now and for the future


UN FSS Timeline

About the organizer

The United Nations (UN) is an international organization made up of 193 Member States. In 2021 it is organizing a first-ever Food Systems Summit to transform the way the world produces, consumes and thinks about food. The UN recognizes the vital contributions of small and medium businesses and has contracted Wasafiri as the host of this competition to hear from them and spotlight inspiring examples.