Professor M S Swaminathan was awarded the 1st World Agriculture Prize on October 26, 2018, at the 11th Global Agriculture Leadership Summit in New Delhi hosted by the Indian Council of Food and Agriculture. Here is Professor Swaminathan's statement on receiving the award:
"I am very grateful to the Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA) for selecting me for the first World Agriculture Prize. The financial amount associated with this prize will be used for creating fellowships at MS Swaminathan Research Foundation at the post-graduate level for women and men scientists first for the purpose of working on converting Goal 2 (“End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”) of UN Sustainable Development Goals into field-level accomplishments and to promote linkages among agriculture, nutrition and health through a Farming Systems for Nutrition (FSN) programme, among other priority areas. FSN is designed to provide agricultural remedies for nutritional maladies. The amount will be deposited in a long-term fixed deposit and the interest will be utilised to support the Fellows. A suitable Management Committee will be established to provide the necessary scientific and management oversight."