Do You Have What it Takes to Help Feed the World?

Australian-based, not-for-profit organization Food Ladder is offering a $20,000 (AUD) prize pack to the winning candidate who can conceive, design, and deliver a sustainable, low-cost commercial food growing system to be rolled out for disadvantaged communities around the world.


The organization hopes to extend its own enterprising reach by creating a 2.0 model that can be replicated around the world at a more attainable price point. This is where the contest comes in.

The prize includes a funded trip to see the design built, implemented, and in action, plus a 12-month fellowship with Food Ladder. The contest and prize is open to entrants from around the world.

Food Ladder 2.0 will be a food growing system for use in third-world countries that is highly economical, robust, and easy to create from found, repurposed, or affordable materials, as well as locally purchased assets.

The system could be a permanent structure for remote communities or alternatively a transportable ‘pop-up’ structure for use in refugee/aid contexts, according to contest officials, and the winning design will have very low capital expenditure — plus low ongoing costs.

Submit your design as a step-by-step: ‘How to build and operate your own Food Ladder 2.0’ guide. Visit for more submission details and examples.

Submissions are due by Nov. 30 2018 and the winner will be announced Feb. 21 2019 at an evening gala event in Sydney.