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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WFP,MSSRF Join Hands For Climate Change Adaption Food Security, Nutrition, & Rural Livelihood

  Chennai: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) have...

Need of more science-based education to counter misinformation

  Chennai (26 September 2021):- There is always a need for dedicated scientific platforms where young school...

Clean Seas Campaign for Pollution Free Eco-friendly beaches - Clean Seas ! Our Pride!

Fish for All Research and Training Centre of M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation in collaboration with National Centre for...

Breastfeeding week observed in Koraput

Odisha based Biju Patnaik Tribal Agro-biodiversity Centre of M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, has observed the World...

MSSRF’s model of VKCs adopted by the Government of Andhra Pradesh

  The Government of Andhra Pradesh has adopted the concept of Village Knowledge Centres (VKC) developed and...

How e-marketing enabled Hill brooms collecting tribal women to access market

  The tribal women in Kotia village, Pottangi block of koraput they collect and make Jhadus (Hill Brooms) for their...

Nutrition Garden - Practical pathway for address malnutrition

  As per the status of 14 blocks in the district; there are 3264 Anganwadi Kendra’s are present. As per...

Use of improved practices and seeds in Fingermillet

  This is the story about the Ragi/mandia cultivation  by women farmers in Machhara village in...

Corona Tragic – Ten Kandha families leading a miserable life

  The article focused on the lives and the livelihood of ten Kandha families and how they became victims of...

How will we go for work: Our girl children are alone in our houses 

  The pandemic closed the schools. The regular classes of children has became through online...

The Bitter life of Tea Plantation Labourers behind a strong cup of Tea

Covid pandemic shrank the entire world into a single room. It affected people in terms of economy as well as  physical...

The Covid-19 and Fishing women

Fish is the staple food of the seafaring people and the people in Poombukar in Nagapattinam district are constantly...

Post Covid-19 – Agriculture work and women

  Women make up 80% of the workforce on farmland. They spend 16 hours a day on household chores and farmland. What...

Mailam block: MSSRF’s intervention transformed water-scarce to water abundant

  The M S Swaminathan Research Foundation has intervened to turn around a water-scarce Mailam block of Tamil Nadu...

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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