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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Remembering Borlaug - Photo exhibition and panel discussion on March 25, 2019

MSSRF is celebrating the 105th birth anniversary of Dr Norman E Borlaug, the father of green revolution with...

Prof Swaminathan: Message for World Water Day 2019

Water security is basic to all other forms of security. There is now excitement that water has been found on the moon’s...

Transforming librarians into innovative trailblazers for community development

Chennai, March 20, 2019: The International Network of Emerging Library Innovators (INELI) - Virtual Connect Convening took...

GIS-based forewarning system helping farmers resist pests

Small farmers along coastal Tamil Nadu, in Vedaranyam block, Nagapattinam district are losing up to 40% of the crop...

Agronomic rehabilitation measures of ‘Gaja’ affected regions in Nagapattinam and Thanjavur Districts

Cyclone Gaja hit Tamil Nadu coast on 16th November, 2018 devastating the lives of the coastal people. MSSRF...

Nutri-gardens at anganwadis to foster improved nutrition outcomes

(Inauguration of nutri-garden programme at Kalpetta anganwadi) M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) in...

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Awards and Recognition

  • 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