Welcome to M S Swaminathan Research Foundation

Harnessing Science for Sustainable Development


M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987. The Foundation aims to accelerate use of modern science for sustainable agricultural and rural development. MSSRF focuses specifically on tribal and rural communities with a pro-poor, pro-women and pro-nature approach. The Foundation applies appropriate science and technology options to address practical problems faced by rural populations in agriculture, food and nutrition.

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Global and national policies for sustainable food systems for balanced diet

  Session Speakers      Dr. Ismail Serageldin,  Emeritus Librarian,...

Post-harvest markets and supply chains

Session Speakers  Dr. C. Anandharamakrishnan, Director, Indian Institute of Food Processing...

Gendered impacts of the Covid-19 crisis

  Session Speakers  Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, The World Health Organization of...

Women should have equal land rights: Vice President of India at MSSRF conference launch

  Chennai, August 7, 2020: Women need to have equal legal rights related to land and property, said the Vice...

Vice President to launch MSSRF scientific conference with eminent speakers

Prof Rattan Lal, Prof Bruce Alberts, Dr David Nabarro, Dr K Vijayaraghavan, Dr Soumya Swaminathan among key speakers at...

Water logged, saline soils? Enter Pokkali, a unique salt-tolerant paddy and a tale of revival

  Along the scenic, water-logged coastal regions of Kerala, more famously recalled for its annual boating and...

NABARD Best Performance award to MSSRF for work in Kolli Hills

  July 2020: The work of MSSRF in Kolli Hills has been recognized with the Best Performance Award by India’s largest...

Dr K S Murali is new Executive Director, MSSRF

Chennai, July 14, 2020:  The M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, welcomed Dr K S Murali, seasoned research and...

World Population Day: Prof M S Swaminathan

  July 11, 2020: French Philosopher Marquis De Condorcet (1795) said “Population will stabilise itself, if children...

Climate Proofing for Future Livelihoods – Water Actions begin in Tamil Nadu

June 2020: Key water and soil actions for comprehensive water management are underway as part of an innovative national-...

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Awards and Recognition

  • Ban Ki Moon Award Dr. Madhura Swaminathan, the Chairperson of MSSRF received the Asia Initiatives Ban Ki Moon Award for her work in women’s empowerment from former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

  • Blue Planet Prize conferred by the Asahi Glass Foundation of Japan for "efforts to realize sustainable agriculture and rural development through ecosystem activities” 1996

  • Stockholm Challenge Award (Global Village category) conferred on MSSRF for its work in promoting social inclusion through Information and Communication Technology 2001

  • Equator Initiative Award – 2002

  • Genome Saviour Award to tribal communities for conservation of rice germplasm by the Plant Varieties Protection and Farmers' Rights Authority of India – 2007

  • Jawaharlal Nehru Award for Science Communication from the Indian Science Congress Association for The Hindu Media Resource Centre – 2008

  • Green Institution Award from Kerala State Biodiversity Board for MSSRF Wayanad Regional Centre, 2009

  • Rashtriya Jal Puraskar (National Water Prize) from Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India – 2010

  • Bhoomijal Samvardhan Puraskar (Groundwater Augmentation Award) from Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India – 2010

  • Genome Savior Award by the Plant Variety Protection and Farmers’ Rights Authority of the Government of India, for Tribal Communities facilitated by MSSRF – 2011



Get in Touch

M S Swaminathan Research Foundation

3rd Cross Street, Institutional Area, Taramani
Chennai 600 113, India 
Tel: +91 (44) 22541229, +91 (44) 22541698