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MSSRF Women’s Day Chennai 8 March 2014 Click here | Borlaug International Dialogue inaugural Click here | Borlaug International Dialogue outcome Click here

M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) is a non-profit research organization and was established in 1988. MSSRF has all along been developing and following a pro-nature, pro-poor, pro-women and pro-sustainable on-farm and non-farm livelihoods through appropriate ecotechnology and knowledge empowerment. It carries out research and development in the following six major thematic areas :


Coastal Systems Research Biodiversity Biotechnology
Coastal Systems Research-Involves restoration of mangrove forests, alternative livelihood for fishing community, etc.
Involves documenting endangered and medicinal plants, providing necessary training to village community to maintain biodiversity register, conserving genes and seeds through ex-situ community based gene bank, and in-situ on-farm conservation etc.
Involves developing salt and drought tolerant transgenic rice varieties, testing availability of oil content in different biofuel crops / plants, lichens diversity, etc.
Ecotechnology Food Security IEC
Involves setting up bio-villages – biovillage paradigm involves sustainable management of natural resources and developing sustainable on-farm and non-farm livelihoods as eco-enterprises managed by self-help groups.
Food Security
MSSRF’s programme on food security has two major elements: Community Based Interventions and Research. The former has focused on promoting household food security, among the socially and economically deprived sections in society, through various interventions. The latter, the research part, has concentrated on developing research reports that provide a macro perspective of the country’s food security concerns.
Information, Education and Communication
Involves addressing the issues related to sustainable development using different information communication technology tools for knowledge empowerment of the resource-poor, largely illiterate and unskilled rural women and men.
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Prof M S Swaminathan discussing with His Excellency the Prime Minister of Rwanda Mr Pierre Habumuremyi, the organisation of the International Year of Biofortified and Underutilised Crops.

NOTICE INVITING TENDER Supply, Transportation, Erection and Commissioning of Rice Milling Unit with Colour Sorter / Packaging Machine Read More...

Professor Swaminathan’s keynote address at the Second Global Conference on Biofortification Read More...

Norman Borlaug : Scientist and Humanist – A tribute by Prof M S Swaminathan on the occasion of his birth centenary

women empowerment The Trustees of M S Swaminathan Research Foundation have pleasure in honouring Smt Mina Swaminathan by designating her as “Distinguished Chair : Gender and Development” w.e.f. 29 March 2014.  Read More...




Norman Borlaug Birth Centenary "Take it to the Farmer" - Prof M S Swaminathan Read More...

We are happy to announce Ms. S.Velvizhi recently awarded Ph.D. from Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology, Parangipettai, Annamalai University Tamil nadu, India in the topic “Socio-economic and livelihood study of mangrove-dependent Irular tribal fishers of Pitchavaram, Southeast coast of India, with special reference to women” currently She coordinates the entire Fisher Friend Programme of IEC division that provides precision forecast services, capacity building on new fishing technologies, literacy on sustainable fisheries and Fish quality control measures to the fishing community by using multiple technological platform predominantly mobile in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andra Pradesh, Orissa and Kerala.

International Women’s Day Chennai 8 March 2014 - Prof M S Swaminathan Read More...

Dr. Ajay Kumar Parida, our Executive Director has been conferred the Padma Shri by the President of India as part of the Padma Awards 2014!

Dr. Ajay Kumar Parida has been conferred the Padma Shri as part of the Republic Day awards in 2014. Padma Shri is the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India, after the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan. It is awarded by the Government of India. He has been recognized for his significant contributions to Science and Engineering. The trustees, staff and scholars of MSSRF take great pride in congratulating him on this joyous occasion.

The Falvey Award 2013

Sipani Krishi Anusandhan Farm Award 201

Dear Colleagues,

2013 saw the completion of 25 years of research, education outreach and networking by our scientists and scholars. I wish to recall what the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee mentioned in our 25th anniversary meeting on 7 August 2013:

“On this special occasion, I congratulate all the Trustees, scientists and scholars of this Foundation on their past achievements and wish all of you continued success in your efforts to integrate livelihood and ecological security in a mutually reinforcing manner in rural and tribal India”.

The President also mentioned in his address “the work done over the last 25 years by the scientists and scholars of this institution bears testimony to the vast untapped potential we have in our youth. Our first priority in reaping the demographic dividend must be in the field of food”….the nation counts on you and awaits your further contributions”.

We must continue to fulfill the expectations of our Rashtrapatiji as well as our other well wishers and donors. Above all we should rise to the expectations of the tribal and rural families with whom we work. To those more is given, more is also expected. We have to run twice as fast to stay where we are, as emphasized frequently by Jawaharlal Nehru. At the same time we must maintain the highest standards of professional and financial integrity.

2014 will be marked by two significant events at MSSRF. First, the Norman Borlaug Birth Centenary Dialogue on “Take it to the Farmer” is scheduled to be held from 13-15 March 2014. I enclose a provisional programme. Second, Asia-Pacific conference on the Year of Family Farming will to be held in August 2014. I enclose a copy of the side events which we plan to organize on that occasion. The Aspee Research Foundation is instituting a special award to honour an outstanding farm family. In addition, we are also hosting the 3rd International Plant Phenotyping Symposium from 17-19 Feb 2014 (provisional programme enclosed).

I hope you will take an active part in these important events and help our country to be a role model in making farming and allied activities the trigger for a happy nation. Our work on overcoming malnutrition is very important for enabling every child born in our country to have an opportunity for a productive and healthy life.

I wish you and your family good health and much happiness during the New Year.

With my best wishes,
M S Swaminathan

Launching of the Zero Hunger Programme in India on the occasion of the Asia Read More...

Norman Borlaug Birth Centenary Dialogue-March 2014

Draft programme of the 3rd IPPS Feb 17

It is with very great happiness that we watched the announcement about your election as President of Chile. During your first tenure, you had left your footprints on the sands of time. You did the same thing in your assignment as Chairperson of UN Women. Now, I am sure that your contributions will be path breaking in human history. Chile will become the role model for all nations desiring accelerated economic growth coupled with equity in both economic and gender terms.

We send you our heartfelt congratulations and very best wishes. We also send you our good wishes for a very happy Christmas and a satisfying New Year. We look forward to receiving you at the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai, India when you come to India next during your present tenure as President of Chile.

A call to remember the forgotten crops - M.S. Swaminathan Read More...

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A podcast of Professor M S Swaminathan's interview on Nutrition and Food Security in India-August 2012.

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International Consultation on 20 years of Biodiversity

General Recommendations - Open Forum and Concluding SessionChair : Prof. M S Swaminathan


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