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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Tools, technology and entitlements: sea safety is theme of World Fisheries Day at Poompuhar

Sea Safety was the focus of the ‘World Fisheries Day’ event at MSSRF’s Fish for All Centre, Poompuhar, in the presence of...

Over four years of driving development through public libraries – INELI India-south Asia

Libraries and librarians are acting as drivers of development, showcasing transformation across India and south Asia. This...

Sharing across India and south Asia: interstate network empowers children through libraries

  Over 60 children from two South Indian states met online for the first time with an interest to learn, share, and...

Affirmation and opportunity: working with libraries for the SDGs

Globally, librarians are looking at innovative ways of strengthening library services using technology, connecting the dots...

Breaking library boundaries for positive change: A Sairam, innovator

How do you become a change agent in your community reaching people of all ages including differently abled, and many others...

“Ensuring food security requires political commitment”: MSSRF Chairperson at World Food Prize 2020 roundtable

  A global panel on “Safe, Affordable, Nutritious Food Year-Round: Global Aspirations to Local Application for...

Local Self Government and youth join cleanliness drive in Kuttanad, Kerala

  Two major initiatives to clean waterways and training on solid waste management for local self-government...

Intensifying nutrition awareness during National Nutrition Month in Odisha

Community-level nutrition awareness was stepped up across 47 villages in Odisha in observation of National Nutrition Month,...

Recipients of Mina Swaminathan Media Fellowship 2020 announced

  Chennai, October 12, 2020: Three young journalists including two women are the first Mina Swaminathan Media...

An unequal pandemic

  COVID-19 is impacting women more than men, say Nitya Rao* and Jayashree Balasubramanian**. In the thick of the...

Love’s labour: Manual on Early Childhood Care dedicated to Mrs Mina Swaminathan

  A manual for master trainers in early childhood care and education, brought out with many years of brainstorming...

Remembering Prof V L Chopra: Renowned Agriculture Scientist, Founder-Trustee MSSRF

  Memories and tributes poured in for Prof V L Chopra at a special memorial meeting held at MSSRF. Renowned...

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...

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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