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 Condolence for Prof M K Prasad

  M S Swaminathan Research Foundation condoled the passing away of Prof M K Prasad. He was the...

Chennai gets its first nutrition garden in city limit

  Chennai, 8 January 2022: In collaboration with Rotary Club of Madras East, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation...

MSSRF conduct consultation on the school feeding programme

  The M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), in collaboration with Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF),...

MSSRF and NABARD launch “My District My product” scheme in Cuddalore District

Cuddalore (Tamil Nadu): M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), with financial assistance from National Bank for...

THE M.S. SWAMINATHAN ROSE– A rose variety named after Prof. M S Swaminathan

India’s leading rose breeder named a new variety of rose after Prof. M S Swaminathan – THE M.S. SWAMINATHAN ROSE. The Rose...

MSSRF organized a panel discussion to commemorate the World Soil Day 2021

  Soil salinization is a vicious factor impacting agriculture, resulting in low agricultural productivity, low...

Do Join us: World Soil Day Event at the Foundation on 7 December

  Soil Salinization and Sustainable Food Systems M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation is organizing the virtual...

FFM App helping conservation of Olive Ridley turtles in Odisha

  The new fisher friend mobile application (FFMA) launched on 29 October 2021 at Bhuvaneswar by Honorable Minister...

Alternative Seed producing System Model gaining momentum in Odisha

  In the backdrop of erratic rainfall and prolonged drought conditions, M S Swaminathan Foundation (MSSRF)...

‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ India@75 – Farmers-Scientists Connect Meet organised

A mega-event “Farmers-Scientists Connect Meet” was held under “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” celebrations by Biotech-KISAN Hub...

What Happened at COP26? Assessments and Reflections - Seminar

  Seminar on “What Happened at COP26? Assessments and Reflections" by Prof T Jayaraman, at the...

MSSRF response to the COVID-19 emergency

M S Swaminathan Foundation had responded quickly to the COVID-19 emergency, providing support at the field level to rural...

MSSRF institute Hema Ramachandran fellowship for Women Scientists

  Chennai (3 November 2021): M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) entered into an agreement to institute Hema...

Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsov: MSSRF organised training to promote eco-friendly technologies in Kerala

M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) is implementing the Department of Biotechnology -Krishi Innovation Science...

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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