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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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-...

Recommendations for Rural Revival – Unlocking India

  June 2020: As India begins a series of efforts to ‘unlock’, the shift from relief and rehabilitation also moves to...

‘Nutri-Garden’ provides new pathway to address malnutrition

  Natural nutritious plants come in handy during lockdown June 2020: The importance of nutri-gardens to support...

Building Climate Smart Public Libraries – Reconnecting with Nature

  Moving beyond the main library services of book lending, the work of librarians towards rejuvenating nature and...

Water, forest and nutrition take centre stage in Odisha

  June 2020: Nutrition and environment intertwined in a unique commemoration of World Environment Day in Odisha....

Rising inequalities: urgent need for increased relief

  June 2020: The dangers of increasing inequalities, poverty, food insecurity and the need for urgent and enhanced...

Partnerships in agriculture-nutrition-health research

  June 2020: Trust, Transparency, Communication are three keys for equitable partnerships and community ownerships...

Soil Scientist Prof Rattan Lal is 50th World Food Prize Laureate

  June 2020: The World Food Prize Foundation announced that Prof Rattan Lal, renowned soil scientist was the 50th...

“Locust attacks: What India’s farming community needs to know”

  June 2020: Prevention is the absolute key and the government and community need to respond together, to address...

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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