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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Popularising the use of biofertilizers and biocontrol agents among finger millet farmers

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

Diversity in the sodium transporter, HKT1;5 within the genus Oryza

The MS Swaminathan Research Foundation's (MSSRF) scientists examined the gene which is a crucial component of making cereal...

Koraput: Backyard Nutrition Garden is the way forward to counter malnutrition

  Promotion of household nutrition garden in every household in the backward district of the country Koraput in...

MSSRF revives salt tolerant Kagga rice landrace in Karnataka

  M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) has been revived the traditional salt tolerant Kagga rice landrace...

MSSRF rejuvenating the lost Pokkali Rice in Kerala

  The MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) has been taken up the task of reviving Pokkali paddy – a unique...

Neem oil sprayer for sustainable management of pests and diseases in crops

A training was organized on 29 June 2021 in Kolli Hills of Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu to educate communities about...

Mini flour-mills come as a rescue to women in Koraput

  Twelve mini-flour mills were installed in 12 village clusters to serve the community of 47 tribal villages in the...

Integrated Fishing Farming System gaining momentum in coastal regions of Tamil Nadu

  Mr. Samuel Pandian, 38, of village Kaliappanallure of Tamil Nadu, is one of the successful farmers to make regular...

Demand-based agriculture extension services getting popular among farmers

  Several studies suggest that demand-based agricultural extension services support farmers in adoption as well as...

A new version of Fisher Friend Mobile App released with new features

  A new version of Fisher Friend Mobile Application that aims to support lives and livelihoods of marine fishing...

MSSRF launches community driven plant health monitoring system

  The MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) has started an innovative project to build the capacity of local...

Indo-Swiss Supported Bioirrigation Project Launched

Swiss National Science Foundation and Department of Biotechnology of Government of India, funded Bioirrigation facilitated...

MSSRF continues the ‘Every Child A Scientist’ programme with the support of L&T - CSR

  The M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) and the Indian multinational, Larsen and Toubro (L&T),...

Prof MS Swaminathan’s Archive

M.S. Swaminathan is an agricultural scientist and plant geneticist, popularly known for his work on the ‘Green Revolution in...

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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