M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) was established in the year 1988. 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 the 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. The photo exhibition displayed photos showcasing MSSRF’s journey over the past 30 years.
The Foundation has achieved a lot in the field of agricultural research for sustainable human development and has been appreciated greatly by both national and international personalities and organisations. The photographs depicted the important milestones of the Foundation, from laying the stone to building the MSSRF office, to what it has become today!
Since the inception of the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, the organisation has been working on three major themes:
- Coastal Systems Research,
- Farming Systems and
During the conference, fifteen posters (five from each theme) were displayed at MSSRF highlighting the Foundation work over the 30 years journey.
The Farmer Producers Organisations (FPOs) registered under Farmer Producer Company’s Act have been recognised as a competitive institutional framework to provide diverse services to smallholding
farmers. The main objective of FPO promotion by MSSRF is to collectivise small producers, foster technology diffusion, enhance productivity, improve access to inputs and output markets, market linkages and increase farmer’s income by improving their participation in the value chain. MSSRF has been testing the model in diverse agro-ecological systems at its field sites in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Odisha and Kerala.
The primary services offered by the FPOs are, input and output marketing; resource centre to supply inputs; value addition to selected crops; building the capacity of farmers to improve their skills and knowledge; credit linkage; seed production; farm machinery services; and natural resource management.
During the conference period, FPOs promoted by MSSRF exhibited the commodities and value-added products produced by them. In this FPO fair, pulses, paddy, millets, spices, oilseeds, fishery, dairy, and poultry products produced by the FPOs from across MSSRF sites were exhibited by the farmers for sale.