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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MSSRF launches community driven plant health monitoring system

  The MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) has started an innovative project to build the capacity of local...

Indo-Swiss Supported Bioirrigation Project Launched

Swiss National Science Foundation and Department of Biotechnology of Government of India, funded Bioirrigation facilitated...

MSSRF continues the ‘Every Child A Scientist’ programme with the support of L&T - CSR

  The M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) and the Indian multinational, Larsen and Toubro (L&T),...

Prof MS Swaminathan’s Archive

M.S. Swaminathan is an agricultural scientist and plant geneticist, popularly known for his work on the ‘Green Revolution in...

Audio option, boat destination tracking: check out new features of Fisher Friend Mobile Application

  A new version of Fisher Friend Mobile Application, that aims to support lives and livelihoods of marine fishing...

Odisha Farmer Producer Organization gets facilities for quality seed promotion

  A Farmer Producer Organization formed for certified seed production activity and promotion of quality seeds in the...

Dal Mills in Ganjam, Odisha to increase smallholder farmer income

  Bringing drudgery reduction and income generation in one shot, two Dal Mills (processing centres for pulses) were...

Efforts to declare Gupteswar in Odisha a Biodiversity Heritage Site

  Gupteswar, a pilgrim site about 55 km from Jeypore, Koraput district is surrounded by dense forest having very...

Training for Soil Health Card initiative in three Odisha districts

  A training-cum-workshop on Soil Health Card scheme was organized for three aspirational districts of Odisha -...

Transforming the lives of people through ‘Fisher Friend’

  Nolia  Nuagan is a marine fishing village in Ganjam District, Odisha. The village comprises traditional,...

Media Statement

  This has reference to recent media reports quoting views of Prof M S Swaminathan, Founder M S Swaminathan Research...

New Year 2021 Message from Professor

  "I hope this year will bring more ecological security and human wellbeing. We need to demonstrate the advantage of...

MSSRF's Salim Pichan wins award at India International Science Festival

  Parataxonomist Mr Salim Pichan, an employee of MSSRF won the Professional Photographer Award at the Biodiversity...

Bringing agriculture, nutrition and health together with nutri-gardens: WHO Chief Scientist emphasizes need for convergence

  “What do you want to become when you grow up?” The young girl blinked nervously before whispering, “A doctor.” “...

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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