Welcome to M S Swaminathan Research Foundation

Harnessing Science for Sustainable Development

About MSSRF

 

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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Visit of International Trainees from NIRD at MSSRF

A team of more than 15 international trainees from different countries around the world who were participants in the ‘...

Prof Swaminathan’s message for International Mother Earth Day - 2019

Mother Earth sustains life on our planet. Although we give love and affection to our biological mother, we do not show the...

Project 'From Coast to Press: Her Voice' kick started!

MSSRF is an Internews grantee for the project ‘From Coast to Press: Her Voice’ which kick started recently. The project will...

A novel approach to provide timely analysis on soil parameters

Soil is inevitable for crop growth. The health of the soil determines the health of the plant. In this context, knowing...

Village Knowledge Centres as lifeline for local famers

The village resource centre in Thiruvaiyaru is one of the oldest centres set up by the M S Swaminathan Research...

GIS-based forewarning system helping farmers resist pests

Small farmers along coastal Tamil Nadu, in Vedaranyam block, Nagapattinam district are losing up to 40% of the crop...

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Awards and Recognition

 
  • 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