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Lockdown support: farmers dial in to agri-experts for help

April 2, 2020: The phone never stopped ringing at this one place in Pudukkottai district, Tamil Nadu all through April 1st. The event was a special phone-in program organized by MSSRF in...

India’s coronavirus lockdown will hit women and migrant workers hardest

In Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, I woke up to an eerie silence yesterday. The night before, India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, announced a 21-day national lockdown would start at...

Supporting efforts to combat the coronavirus

The response to CoViD-19 by MSSRF has been at different levels keeping in mind our mission as a scientific research for development institution that works with marginalized communities. - Across...

Shift to upscaling food rationing now

Expanded rations will not only bring relief in this pandemic but also help sustain a nourished and healthy population - Dr Madhura Swaminathan, Chairperson, MSSRF Two days ago, the Finance...

COVID-19 has halted the world but this is why we should still not 'fear message'​

All of Hollywood's fantasies and science fiction seem to be playing out in real life as the world comes together to take on the #coronavirus. (note: not the 'dreaded' corona and that's for a reason...

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International Day of Happiness: Prof M S Swaminathan

March 20, 2020: Credit should go to the former King of Bhutan for emphasizing that the whole concept of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) should be converted into Gross National Happiness (GNH). Happiness...

Saluting optimism: Special Padma awardees Mr Manohar Devadoss, Mr S Ramakrishnan felicitated

Chennai, March 16, 2020: Two inspirational personalities, with several achievements while overcoming disabilities, were felicitated at a special event today. Mr Manohar Devadoss and Mr S Ramakrishnan...

One more addition to the Plant diversity of Wayanad District, Kerala

The ever continuing effort of M S Swaminathan Botanic Garden, Wayanad in revealing the endless floristic diversity of Wayanad district, Kerala again hits. In a recent plant exploration at ‘...

New research - Saline tolerant wild rice variety

New update on our research on salinity tolerance in rice, now published. Salinization of land due to anthropogenic causes is increasingly affecting arable land and impacts grain yield negatively in...