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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Strengthening partnerships: NABARD Chairman emphasizes research-farmer interface at MSSRF

  September 17, 2020: “An active interface between research, credit facilities and the farmer is required to take...

Village Knowledge Centres help farmers benefit from government schemes in Assam

  September 2020: The region of Sivasagar in the state of Assam, is a flood-hit area; most farmers here, go for Rabi...

When Assam floods brought pests, scientists & farmers were ready

  September 2020: If there is one thing certain about Assam every year, it is the annual flood and the widespread...

Contributing to agriculture research in Tamil Nadu, CRSARD completes 33rd AGM

  Chennai, September 10, 2020: For over three decades the Centre for Research on Agriculture and Rural Development...

Mina Swaminathan Fellowship for Gender and Development

  Background The M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) has a core approach of pro-poor, pro-nature and pro-...

Strengthening ‘Nutrition-Secure Puducherry’ efforts:

  A team from M S Swaminathan Research Foundation met the Puducherry Chief Minister Thiru K Narayanasami, Chief...

Loss of a great visionary: condoling President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee

  In the passing away of Shri Pranab Mukherjee on 31 August 2020, we have lost one of the greatest Indian...

Coping with soil salinity: Lessons from a wild rice species

  Climate change and sea level rise is increasingly affecting coastal regions of India. Intrusion of sea water into...

When Kerala was flooded, the community responded; this is what made the difference, says new research

People training came voluntarily to help, during Kerala floods 2018, to support their community though they had no disaster...

Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Agriculture Sector: Linkages among agrobiodiversity, nutrition, sustainable livelihoods and business opportunities

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) advocates parties to integrate the conservation and sustainable use of...

Investments in anticipatory research, crucial after pandemic: Experts at MSSRF conference

  Chennai, August 10, 2020: There is need for a shift in the approach to agriculture, keeping in mind the situation...

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...

Gendered impacts of the Covid-19 crisis

  Highlights of Session 6 The existence of a pandemic and the related control measures of lockdown have...

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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