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To align with roots solution to hunger, the World Food Prize Foundation can continue working to embody three conditions essential to social problem solving — inclusive power, transparency, and mutual accountability — by taking three critical steps.
1. Continue to identify and then publicly share your understanding of root causes and root solutions. In conversation with those affected directly by hunger, grapple explicitly with why there is hunger amid plenty. Ask of any proposed solution: Does it replace dependency and extreme power imbalances with mutuality in which those most affected have a voice? And publicize your findings widely.
2. Make the Prize selection more inclusive and transparent. Share publicly who makes the decisions and bring into decisionmaking those with direct experience of hunger and those fostering democratic relationships and ecologically attuned farming.
3. Strengthen World Food Prize criteria. Ask how every candidate, scientist as well as public servant, is helping to bring to life the three conditions proven essential to human social problem solving — the continuous dispersion of power, transparency, and mutual accountability.